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Like planting a garden

It is so easy to focus on what goes—and is going—wrong in society. With our instant news feed, it is virtually impossible not to be aware of the weakening of democracy.

What I tend to forget, when I shudder at the political failings in our own country, is that “progress is never permanent, will always be threatened, must be redoubled, restated and reimagined if it is to survive” (the words of Zadie Smith, a British writer penning her thoughts on optimism and despair).

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