The real wealth of a society is its people. Every human being can be a builder and a contributor, and everyone has something to give.
Work must be redefined to include whatever it takes to raise healthy children, preserve families, make neighborhoods safe and vibrant, care for the frail and vulnerable, promote justice, and make democracy work.
The impulse to give back is universal. Wherever possible, we must replace all forms of one-way helping with two-way transactions, so that “you need me” becomes “we need each other”.
Human beings require a social infrastructure as strong as our roads, bridges, and utility lines. Social networks require ongoing investments of social capital generated by trust, reciprocity, and civic engagement.