Even the very imaginative L. Frank Baum could not have imagined in 1900, when he published his tale about a wizard in a land named Oz, how his book would resonate throughout the century. Now, as the United States struggles to find traction in the 21st Century, we seem—like Dorothy’s three Oz friends—to lack a heart, a brain, and courage.
The courage issue is not whether we will act but whether we will act currently and correctly. The heart problem will be solved when we realize that the risk of messing up our economy becomes high enough in becoming a second- or third-rate country is no route toward compassionate governance and widespread prosperity.
Given our courage and heart to advance as a society and as a nation, our steps must be smart. If we don’t use our brain this show will close in Act One, regardless how much bravery and compassion we muster.