Dealing with the Divisions in Our Society

John W. Gardner writes in Excellence: Can We Be Equal and Excellent Too? (1961,)

No society can successfully resolve its internal conflicts if its only asset is cleverness in the management of these conflicts. It must also have compelling goals that are shared by the conflicting parties; and it must have a sense of movement toward these goals. All conflicting groups must have a vision that lifts their minds and spirits above the tensions of the moment.

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