That’s Latin for “Out of many, one.” Properly respected, engaged, and interacting, the diverse many together are a resource for deeper, broader, wiser insight and action. So nurture “we the people” consciousness and agency rooted in diversity and learning, not conformity and authority.
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Going deeper …
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“Out of many, one” is America’s national motto which you can find on American money. I only know about it because it is printed on US dollar bills.
Since we are talking about wise democracy, we do want a “we the people” consciousness. We do want a sense that we have a common nature, direction, purpose, and values. But we want that rooted in our diversity and learning. We are many and that “many” is valuable. Using that diversity – that “manyness” – we can learn new things and generate smarter ways to do things. We don’t want a oneness that is conformity or just following authority. That’s not what democracy is about. A particularly wise democracy doesn’t waste the diversity and its potential. If we make things uniform, we waste the diversity that is there. But diversity can waste itself just by fighting amongst itself.
So wise democracy is looking at how we can get a “we the people” consciousness that comes from deepening into greater insight, greater relationship, greater possibilities together. Properly respected, respecting the “other” all the time, properly engaging and interacting, the diverse many become a resource for deeper, broader – wiser – insight and action because everybody’s got a different piece of the puzzle, a different perspective, a different contribution, different resources that they could put into acting together. Somebody has this skill or that skill, and you put the skills together in the right way and you end up being able to get good products and outcomes.
So this is a general stance, it is related to many other of these principles and these patterns. But that framing – “Out of many, one” is very useful and handy thing to carry this idea.