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    frequently. She was in the Air force. And she said she learned that you are only as strong as your weakest link. If you help others in your unit to get better, or need help, then they make the whole unit stronger and, ultimately, more successful.
    The idea is not new, as with the idea that a society is measured not by how it treats the rich, but how they treat those who need help.
    It's an idea that we have lost, sadly.
    Today's society is best summed up by a T-shirt I remember from the 1980's - "He who dies with the most toys wins."
    Then again, if "you can't take it with you" what's the point of more stuff, more homes, more boats, more gold-encrusted shower heads? Instead of neighborhoods like they were building in the post-war (WWII) boom, we have big houses on small lots. We have gated communities so one doesn't have to see the riff-raff, or have them come near your house.
    I miss the era I grew up in (born in 1955). Back then anything seemed possible, and our greatest leaders taught us that we could do it together.
    Now, if you want things like infrastructure, medical care, a roof over your head, or to help someone else get one over theirs, you're a communist and a traitor.

    Great diary. You should mail a copy to every member of Congress!

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