Out of many, one; can describe many instances where the adage of, “United We Stand, Divided We Fall” maintains at least some merit in explaining the successes of working together as a unit. As a motto on United States currency, it reminds us of how one powerful nation evolved from thirteen colonies; and, it continues to describe characteristics of 50 sovereign states working together under a federal system of government. Unity is essential to obtain optimal results in any endeavor where multiple elements must work in a coordinated manner.
Genesis 11 reveals a story of the tower of Babel. Some say the story reveals how man’s desire to ascend to the equity of God led to the loss of a common language and man being disseminated to all portions of the earth. Others would testify the story indicates the vanity of man and its ultimate cause of incompletion or destruction of the tower. In either scenario, differing languages prevented a unity of man and caused a separation of the world’s people. Given these understandings on the need of unity and its effect on success or failure in society, how does an individual perceive and react to new societal demands for diversity, equity, and inclusion in every aspect of life?
Diversity is essential in a financial portfolio to protect investments from inopportune markets. Diversity can be identified as need whereby positive and negative characteristics of other cultures can be compared, measured, and if favorable possibly integrated, by choice, into our own. Forced acceptance toward mandated integration of cultural characteristics contrary to our own, assaults our Life, Liberty, and Pursuit of Happiness. This so-called political correctness must not prevail! Early immigrants to the United States desired to escape tyranny and oppression by melting into this one Nation assimilating its culture and language as their own. History is replete with tales of those successes where cultures merge into Americana; E Pluribus Unum, from many, one.
Our Declaration of Independence states that all men are created equal; therefore, equity is inherent by our human birth and the laws of nature, and Nature’s God. The extent and maintenance of man’s equality may be dependent upon opportunity, genetics, self- motivation, intelligence, and physical ability. All I.Qs are not equal; DNA varies greatly; and, not all humans can perform at that level required by the National Football League. Incomes will vary accordingly to occupation, inherent risks, and the level of education and ability required to perform adequately. Hopefully, opportunities will be equal for all; but, the ability to negotiate those opportunities will not be the same. Forced equity is the guarantee of a huge lower class of people with a few elites. Again, history is awash with the failures of socialism.
Inclusion possesses merit as everyone desires to be at the table as all have their own story. An intelligent person with wisdom may learn a great deal from the experiences of a moron. A military officer often survives battles or wars secondary to the abilities of a privates or sergeants. Inclusion may be contingent on experience, wisdom, and capability, but the responsibility of participation remains with the free individual. A Nation which holds its motto as E Pluribus Unum will maintain its strength so long as many become one; and, where equity and inclusion in the democratic process are guaranteed.