Bill Whittle's essay "Victory" contains a profound truth:
This unmatched leap in human productivity - intellectual, economic, artistic - requires a few essential ingredients.
It requires mutual trust. And it requires hard work. [Emphasis mine.]
That's about it. Not such a big deal, really.
That sentence floored me when I read it. I saw how the truth of that statement applies to the success of governments, societies, businesses, even individuals. It's something I need to remember often for my own benefit.