Some people say the 2012 presidential race was a contest between worldviews. On one side is the collective view (represented by President Barack Obama), and on the other, the idea that the individual succeeds on his or her own (promoted by Mitt Romney).
Think of the sound bites we had on these themes – from Rep. Paul Ryan’s admiration for ultra-individualist Ayn Rand to Obama’s reminder that business people didn’t “build that” by themselves. They had a country behind them.
Superstorm Sandy, as if on cue, blew in to provide us with daily reminders of how we need each other. Driving past a recently bisected tree that had been blocking my daily commute, I know: I didn’t cut that. (more…)