Translated from the Latin, E Pluribus Unum means “Out of many, one.” These days, you could also say it means “We’re all in this thing together.”
It was the official motto of the US government for over 150 years and it is still the foundation of the American idea. That idea says that we are a United States of America because we are free to enhance our unique individual characteristics while trying to build a more perfect union.
The instrument of that union is our government — of the people, for the people and by the people. The instrument of that union is a work in progress, yet to be perfected. And in that more perfect union, our government should be a place where people come together and where no one gets left behind — an instrument of good.
Note: E Pluribus Unum also has a cosmic meaning. It was, after all, the Buddhist who asked the hot dog vendor to “make me One with everything.”