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Say It In Latin, Esse Quam Videri

January 13, 2017 1 Comment

The Latin phrase esse quam videri is the motto of the state of North Carolina and many other organizations.  It means to be rather than to seem.  Cicero may have been the first to use the phrase in an essay on friendship. The reference is about authenticity and loyalty in life. When we meet people who are not afraid to be exactly who they are it gives us all courage to claim our own identity.  We can never be anyone but ourselves.  If our true calling requires sacrifice will we be or just seem to be?  This is a time for heroism, gentle readers.  Be what you intend to be, and help others do the same.

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