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February 14, 2013 12:00 AM

David Brooks: Nation needs to go back to focusing on future

Europeans who settled America gave their lives a slingshot shape. They pulled back so they could shoot forward. They volunteered to live in harsh conditions so their descendants could live well for centuries. The pioneers who traveled west did the same thing. So has each generation of immigrants – sacrificing the present for the sake of the future. They organized their lives around romantic visions of what is to be.

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