My American Creed

Community and unity are two essential values in the process of building the American dream and the American identity. They are an essential part of societies so that we can become better citizens and human beings.

By Citlalli S.E. from UCLA CS in California


“You can be and do anything you want, but you can’t leave others behind.” Condoleeza Rice

America is a nation with a great diversity of cultures, values, and beliefs. We, as Americans, are the ones who contribute to that identity. Community and unity are two essential values in the process of building the American dream and the American identity.

Condoleeza Rice and Diedre Prevett are two women who come from a family of educators, and they both value unity and community as a way to become someone in life. Their perspectives are related because they both learned, through school, family, job, and life experiences that these values are very helpful in developing whom you want to be and what you want to do. Community and unity would always be there in a family, neighborhood, club, sport, school, job, and team. They are an essential part of societies so that we can become better citizens and human beings.

In societies, we would find different kinds of people. They would all have diverse lifestyles. Not all of them have the same opportunities, and it is then when the values of unity and community come out. If we know that there is someone who supports us, then we feel secure and have good self-esteem, but if you are alone, and even your family does not encourage you, then your self-esteem would lower, plus you would not have the same energy and courage to do anything.

People interviewed by the Washington Post in the article Americans Share These Seven Beliefs said that they feel united by sharing their capacity of empathy, faith, freedom, community, diversity, opportunity, and responsibility, which are all necessary to make a better democracy. If we analyze these values, community and unity will stand out here. Community because responsible people are a community; people who believe in freedom form a community; people with faith have a community; and in each group, there is unity while doing tasks, defending beliefs, when supporting members, and when helping each other.

One example could be a school. In school, teachers and staff care about you, and whenever you have a problem, you know you can talk to them; that is a community. To help each other when they need it and to stand with them and for them. And just like this example is how we need to be and what we need to do for America to grow strong.

My American creed is that we need to include and keep community and unity in our lives as a way to become better as people, as a society, and as a Nation. As the article Americans Share These Seven Beliefs in the Washington Post states, “We are united by our capacity for empathy and flourish when we come together to help each other.” So let's help each other out. Take care of your community and take care of your family, avoid discrimination, avoid fighting for everything; let's start to work as a team.

Let's raise the United States of America!

UCLA CS

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