The other day I was feeling a bit melancholy and so I put on my walking shoes and headed out with Balto, the family dog, to walk around the lake. As I walked, runners passed and grunted hello, strolling couples smiled my way, and I exchanged quick greetings with faces I recognized from other walks. An hour later I felt better, my melancholy had lifted; it wasn't just the fresh air and exercise, and it wasn't just the incredible scenery. What had brightened my day was all of those things in combination with what I believe civil society to be: caring connection with people in community.
Change is essential to growth.