The quintessential paradox facing us (as 'a People') is that we will only advance as a group, yet we will have to make the decision to unify personally, one by one. Perhaps it will help us to realize that in our historic cultures, personality or individual talents and gifts were seen as tools given to us or shared with us for the purpose of making our unique contribution to the harmony and good of the whole. Our power resides in precisely this diversity, as it takes five fingers make a hand. The overall purpose is to use it for the co-creation of harmony, uplift, and assist in the good of all.
At the same time, rural and urban, underserved and disenfranchised areas of our country are simply falling behind. Even though technology is essentially borderless, people in these areas are at a disadvantage in many ways. The economies of these areas are not nearly as vibrant as it could be, and we are running the risk of a permanently divided economy where there are islands of wealth within a greater sea of poverty.