In this special regional edition, we take an in-focus look at modern trends and timeless traditions that create the current blend of New Mexico’s culture. As we highlight the people, places, and things that make the fabric of Southeast NM, we want to shine a positive light on our communities and hope to keep our readers informed on our region's current events.
I was on vacation in Santa Fe about a year ago when I first learned about our state motto. It came up casually in conversation with friends, but it stopped me in my tracks. As a writer and lover of words, my brain danced with this expression as I marveled about a city steeped in New Mexico art, traditions, and history.
“Crescit Eundo” is the Latin phrase taken from Book VI of Lucretius’ scientific poem De rerum natura or The Nature of Things and can be translated as “Increases as it goes” or “Grows as it goes.” The phrase is our official state motto and is inscribed on the Great Seal of New Mexico and the New Mexico Coat of Arms.
State mottoes are said to reflect the character and beliefs of its citizens. The phrase “Crescit Eundo” can be interpreted in many ways, but New Mexicans commonly translate the phrase to “It grows as it goes.” The motto is a reference to legacy and a unique tribute to the past, present, and future of the Land of Enchantment. The idea is simple yet profound.
If we’ve learned anything in 2020, we know things are always changing and nothing is as straightforward and simple as we’d like. Change is difficult but a necessary component for organic growth. This year has been incredibly difficult for everyone, young and old. Although it has been daunting, disappointing, and sometimes depressing, I want to acknowledge the ways community members have stepped up. I’ve seen innovation as our local businesses and essential workers adjust to ever-changing safety restrictions; we are serving our community. I’ve seen bravery with students protesting and moms in the city council; we are advocating for our community. I’ve seen generosity in the donations and distributions to those in need; we are supporting our community. Through all of this, I’ve seen New Mexicans flourish; our people are resilient and tough—we grow as we go.
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Jessica Addington, Editorial Director