It’s hard to feel optimistic about the future of our country these days. Almost hourly, we are deluged with distressing news about gun violence, sex trafficking, the rising U.S. budget deficit, income inequality, global trade tensions, climate change and more.
Finding solutions to these complex challenges feels more unlikely than ever, given bitter partisan battles in our nation’s capital and deep divisions among Americans across an array of issues.
At the heart of this loss of optimism lies a fundamental erosion of trust—in one another, in government and in key institutions. If we’re going to restore faith in the future and come together to solve our country’s pressing problems, we must first restore faith in our fellow Americans.