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Gary Horton | Continuing the Dream of America

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It seems to me, the greatest challenges of our time can all be rolled into one, giant over-arching concern: That through recession recoil or internet onslaught burn-out or a recent decay of civility, we’re experiencing a growing isolation around our own immediate self-interests.

Nationally, and even individually, we’re turning inward.

There’s shock and awe burnout at all our social challenges and many have thrown their emotional hands up at the notion that they, or even all of us together, are equipped to take on our current problems and actually effect positive change.

A common theme is that of being overwhelmed and a temptation to turn inward, to isolate, protect, and preserve whatever good we have for ourselves. It’s natural. That, under threat, we form our packs, our teams, our parties – we unite, circle the wagons, protect, and preserve – what’s ours. We protect, even hoard, at least what we think should be “ours.”

Meanwhile, over in New York on Liberty Island, our Statue of Liberty enduringly bears the words of a remarkable poem, words that almost everyone knows: “Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses........

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