And to the republic for which it stands, one nation…
Because I use them so much, I pay attention to them.
Words, that is.
Because I believe that words matter.
And, our choice of words matter.
And, that the words we chose and the words we use both reflect and shape how we think and what we do.
So, I find myself wondering about this difference…
Do we think of ourselves as a country or as a nation?
I am probably splitting hairs, but here is what I think.
A country is defined by geographic boundaries.
Bordered by this country or that ocean.
A nation is defined by the people.
Black. White. Latino. Asian. African. Eastern European. Native American.
The United States of America is not one country under God,
But, one nation under God.
A people together.
From almost every continent and every country on the face of the earth.
In it together…
Responsible to and responsible for each other.