Being All Things To All People

For two days now, mainstream and alternative media have reported on the controversy created by Coca-Cola’s Super Bowl commercial on Sunday where “America the Beautiful” was sung in English as well as 7 other languages.  The ad managed to polarize an entire nation.  But Coca-Cola stands firm with its decision to run with this spot, and hasn’t indicated that it is having regrets for having decided what it decided.

Why?  Because they understand their market, and the corporation knows that it is only responsible for what it says, not for what the general population understands or interprets was said.

As some of you may be aware, a meme on social media began to make the rounds with a number of negative comments.

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Let’s begin with a key fact.  The US national anthem is “The Star Spangled Banner” (as confirmed by the Library of Congress HERE) and not “America the Beautiful.”  Yes, “America the Beautiful” is, without a doubt, among the well-known and best-loved patriotic songs embraced by Americans, but it’s not the US national anthem.  It was an act of Congress in 1931 that officially declared “The Star Spangled Banner” to be the US national anthem.

The point here is that not everyone who disagrees — or agrees — with a statement or position will have the facts straight.  Some will and some will not.

Another key fact is that English is not the national language of the United States of America.  The bottom line is that there is no “official” language according to the federal government.  I know that may shock and surprise many, but it’s another key fact.

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Again, not everyone who disagrees — or agrees — with a  statement or position will have the facts straight.  Some will and some will not.

I won’t get into the fracas because the focus of this article is that regardless what you do in life — on a personal or professional level — you have to be comfortable with your decisions.    Having the courage of your convictions could make the difference between whether you weather the many storms that come your way, or you sink yourself.

Whether you believe that patriotic songs should only be sung in English, or you believe that celebrating cultural diversity is vital, in the end, only you can decide where you stand on these issues.  You have to be at peace with your personal convictions otherwise you will find yourself at the mercy of the winds of change.

You can’t possibly be all things to all people, so decide which people are your kind of people and be true to yourself.  When all is said and done, every time you look in the mirror, the person staring back ought to be someone you can respect and feel good about.

Elyse Bruce

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2 Responses to “Being All Things To All People”

  1. mutanatia Says:

    I like this one a lot! It gives you all the information you need to reach a decision, and also remains neutral. The line here that stands out for me here is “…decide which people are your kind of people and stay true to yourself.” That’s such a good piece of advice. And, it is true that no matter who you associate with, you should still remain, well, you! But it’s key to surround yourself with those that also embody your character and morals as they CAN influence you. But remember: you are you. You take what you think are good lessons and you put it into the kernel of persona that is you. This piece of advice is going in my kernel. Thanks!

  2. Elyse Bruce Says:

    You’re welcome, mutanatia. I believe it is better to be respected for an opinion that may or may not be similar to other people’s opinions than to be disrespected for having an open-door opinion that changes with whoever walks through your doors.


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