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Anyone who wants a lesson in civic engagement at the highest level should read any of the many stories available on the death of Nelson Mandela.
I don’t know of anyone in my lifetime who devoted more time and sacrificed more in order to make his home a place of peace and opportunity for all. He used all means necessary to do that — even exerting tremendous influence while locked in a prison on an island off the coast of South Africa.
The headline on the story — as headlines in print should do — caught my attention: “In God we trust, maybe, but not in each other.”
The story focused on research on how much Americans trust each other, and we have hit an all-time low.
The General Social Survey first asked the question “Can most people be trusted?” in 1972, and 50 percent of respondents said “yes.”
The simple life that surrounded Thanksgiving Day that I knew as a kid will not come back, as much as I think about how good that might be.
The world’s been playing on fast forward for too long.
But the traditions that many of us share today have not changed — reuniting with family, eating way too much, talking about plans for Christmas, mindlessly watching football and maybe getting a nap in.