A melting pot
For many years the United States was the melting pot because of its history of being formed from so many diverse cultures. And for a long time, people were happy with that idea because they thought it was being inclusive and valued the diverse background. But they were wrong.
While a melting pot may well be inclusive, it certainly does not value any sort of diversity. A melting pot has one purpose, to take everything you put in and make it one substance with one set of properties.
When you look at “The Great Melting Pot” of the United States, its entire purpose is to obliterate any differences in the ingredients. In essence to homogenize everyone into one culture, with one set of standards. To make us “Unum”
But the leaves out the entire concept of “Pluribus” ? Are we not “from many” cultures Are we to just forget about our heritage simply because we are Americans?
No. We will not and we cannot.
E Pluribus Unum is not about making a fondue, like a melting pot. It is about making a soup. It takes many different ingredients to make a soup. Each ingredient becomes part of the whole but lends its own flavor to the final product. Each spice, each vegetable, the broth, the meat. They all give of themselves yet retain their own individual properties.
A good chef can make a great soup out of many diverse ingredients that you wouldn’t think could work together. While a bad chef can easily ruin a soup with too much of one ingredient.
So when we think about E Pluribus Unum, let’s make it our soup because soup without other ingredients is really just broth. And who wants just broth every day?