Message to Younger Of us: Discover a Penny, Be the Penny


To all college students graduating from highschool and happening to new chapters in life:  it is a easy message of encouragement embodied within the humble U.S. one-cent coin, the penny, virtually thought of nugatory in the present day.

On the top facet of the coin, you’ll find a facet profile of President Abraham Lincoln. Might you be impressed by his exceptional life story, particularly by the truth that he was self-educated.  He had mother and father who had been mainly illiterate.  But he turned somebody who may put into phrases the profound historic significance of all of the deaths on the Battle of Gettysburg.

No matter you do subsequent after highschool, might you are taking possession of your personal studying and the habits which might be the foundations of studying, like time administration, asking questions, and self-discipline. Might you embark on a life-long journey of a private pursuit of data.

On the penny subsequent to Lincoln’s head, you’ll find the phrase “Liberty.”  That is your inheritance as an American.  I hope you’ll confidently train your proper to free speech and freedom of thought to interact in rigorous conversations and debates together with your friends and professors.  Might your concepts be challenged as typically as you problem others.  And should you by no means self-censor and all the time eschew groupthink. 

This will really feel “messy” at occasions, however our nation’s vibrant future relies upon upon all of us striving for severe conversations between opposing viewpoints.  I do imply conversations. Phrases of motive and persuasion to win hearts and minds in a debate, not excessive private assaults to dehumanize adversaries.  Pyrrhic victories are pyrrhic. 

Lincoln was not excellent, he violated civil liberties in his warfare effort, however he needed rapid forgiveness and amnesty for the Southern states to return to an equal union.  One can solely marvel how Reconstruction would have been totally different had Lincoln not been assassinated.

Above Lincoln’s head it says, “In God We Belief.”  When occasions get onerous, as they are going to, I hope you’ll find consolation and power in one thing better than ourselves.  It isn’t about discovering faith, as a lot as it’s about making a faith-commitment to set a course for one’s life in the direction of what’s morally proper and good. 

On the tail facet of the penny, if minted earlier than 2010, you’ll find a tiny detailed model of the Lincoln Memorial that features an impression of the central statute of a seated Lincoln.  The memorial constructed within the type of a Greek neoclassical temple with fluted Doric columns is a testomony to mathematically lovely structure.  I hope you’ll find time to study and admire magnificence created by man in classical artwork and structure.

And lastly above the Lincoln Memorial are the phrases “E Pluribus Unum,” which means in Latin, “Out of many, one.”  I hope you’ll take coronary heart in our nation’s conventional motto that you’re a wholly distinctive particular person; there is no such thing as a one else precisely such as you in all of the universe.  On the similar time, you’re beloved, appreciated and treasured as are all fellow human being in America as having an equal proper to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. 

That is the perfect upon which thousands and thousands and thousands and thousands of wholly distinctive American people of all stripes have shared a spirited camaraderie in residing the American Dream.  Therefore, on Memorial Day or Independence Day, excellent strangers turn out to be household below the banner of the celebs and stripes at a city parade or park picnic. 

Might the phrases “E Pluribus Unum” be actual to you, manifested in the way you deal with others to have the equal rights to carry ideas and make choices which might be totally different from yours and vice versa. We’re on this experiment along with shared duties to make sure that this nation “conceived in Liberty and devoted to the proposition that each one males are created equal” does certainly lengthy endure.

Do you know there was a lot inspiration within the humble penny?  President Lincoln. The Lincoln Memorial. Liberty. In God We Belief. E Pluribus Unum. Certainly, discover a penny, decide it up; all day lengthy you’ll have good luck.  And if it’s discovered with President Lincoln going through up, the luckier you’re!

Congratulations to all college students graduating from highschool. Bravo.  Job properly accomplished.  I want you all one of the best in your subsequent endeavors.  Congratulations, too, to your mother and father.

Kimberly Fiorello, a Republican, serves as State Consultant for the 149th District which incorporates the cities of Greenwich and Stamford.


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