How do Words, Symbols, or Rituals Express the American Creed?

Posted by Leilani G. Arizona
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How can a simple word represent ones belief on the American Creed? Everyone has a different opinion on what can represent the American Creed, it is just the way how it connects back to one.

When it comes to the American Creed many have different opinions and or thoughts on what does it means to be an American. Is it constitutional rights? Is it democratic values? What things unite Americans? And what defines them? Everyone can justify being an american is having freedom and equal opportunities no matter your race and or gender. But how can that be represented? Well we have the generic bald eagle and flag which represent strength, purity, vigilance and valor. But what if that was not the only way to represent one's belief on the American Creed?

Hope. What comes to mind when you hear the word hope? Faith? Trust? A desire and or expectation you want badly? Hope can mean all those things and when you put it into context with the American creed it can represent something meaningful. How does hope unite us? “... the core belief and values that connect americans to their fellow countrymen and women. And they reveal commonalities and convictions that bridge geography, gender, occupation, race or religion- an indication that perhaps what unites Americans to one another is as powerful as what divides them.” We are all connect by one simple word hope, believing and or wanting to believe there is something better in the world, and having that faith can truly impact one. We are a nation of immigration and diversity and many take pride in that “America is the melting pot and the beacon of hope.” This shows how we are dedicated to show what america has stored for us. We came to America for one single purpose and that is to have a better future not just for you but for future generations.

In conclusion, hope is something that can unite us it can tore us apart and or bring us together. Hope is something we all have even though we do not share the same belief we will always stand together and that is what really the American Creed is all about. Even though you may not believe me in any way that’s okay. We stand together and that is what is truly important. 

Published on Apr 10, 2018
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