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e pluribus unum: on a US motto

Thursday, June 22nd, 2006

Apparently the origin of the motto is a poem about a cheese, garlic and herb sauce recipee attirbuted to Virgil. The poem — roughly translated as “the salad” — actually helps me to understand what is good about the E Pluribus Unum motto when applied to a culinary process, and what is so sick about it when applied to a social process. Virgil was celebrating the melting together of the ingredients that gave rise to a proper cheese and garlic sauce (virgil.org/appendix/moretum.htm). . .I can relate to that!! in the end, the individual ingredients are gone, what is left is the souce . . . (more…)