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Graceful change needed

Graceful change requires patience, self honesty and a willingness to confront harsh realities.

It is the mark of adolescence that would suggest otherwise. So why might some wish to revisit a counterproductive fantasy? Patience recognizes that in the first phases of deliberate change there is a lull in productivity before it increases. I have seen it in the business environment and it is also true of government and economics.

Self honesty acknowledges that some government is necessary to provide infrastructure and to protect the environment and general public from unintentional, but often threatening byproducts of unregulated competition. Willingness requires that we pay our part in proportion to the reward we receive from our contribution of time and effort.

We must find honor in transmuting our sense of entitlement into a sense of purpose and responsibility. I can only hope we find the patience for change, the self honesty to deny temptations that undermine our future, and the willingness to invest in ideas that cater more to sustenance than instant gratification.

The American dream is a vision for prosperity within a high moral standard, not the delusion of a nation fallen asleep after gorging themselves on a feast of empty calories.

Jesse Hoffmann

Grass Valley

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