From America’s earliest beginnings, people gathered from all around the world in this country seeking a better life and future. Describing the diversity within country, Former President Jimmy Carter said, “We become not a melting pot, but a beautiful mosaic. Different people, different beliefs, different yearnings, different hopes, different dreams (Donlan).” The origins of individuals that make up the sum total of our country span across the globe, each with their own unique cultures and customs. We have come together to create a diverse and beautiful people. A similar idea to Carter, King Baudouin I of Belgium went on to elaborate on the idea that America is a mosaic when he said, “. . . but it seems better to call it a mosaic, for in it each nation, people or race which has come to its shores has been privileged to keep its individuality, contributing at the same time its share to the unified pattern of a new nation (Associated Press and NBC News).” This statement highlights one of the great benefits of living in America – one’s ability to be different, to have a unique view or culture, while also contributing to the overall progression of this great country and create a sense of unity as we work together.
One needs to look no further than the English language to see this pattern of bringing the best of many unique places and creating an environment where they can all flourish and contribute to the unification of a larger culture. Every language from Latin, Greek, French, Dutch, Spanish and even Japanese has contributed to the development of the modern English language (Durkin). As one of the most spoken languages across the world, English remains greatly influential in business and social settings. What sets the English language apart from so many others is how its origins are not set in one place, but rather brings so many different languages and histories together. Just like the English language, the American people come from all around the world with their different dreams, lifestyles, religions, cultures, and ideals, and while each is beautiful and valuable on its own, together we create a “beautiful mosaic” – a combination of each individual’s experiences and strengths.
Donlan, Leni. “Immigration – Conclusion.” Teachers Page. Library of Congress, n.d. Web. 26 June 2015. <http://www.loc.gov/teachers/classroommaterials/presentationsandactivities/presentations/immigration/conclusion.html>.
Durkin, Philip. “The Many Origins of the English Language.” Web log post. Slate Magazine. N.p., 10 Mar. 2014. Web. 25 June 2015.
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