So what is the wound of the people? There is no simple answer, but we are beginning to understand that this is the all-important question because it leads us to engage the conflicts from which we must not shy away and it prevents us from engaging in false ones.
The idea of a Protestant or Puritan work ethic has worked its way into national lore. But in looking at the religious engines of economic growth, new research indicates it may be just as helpful to talk about an Islamic ethic or a Jewish ethic or a Buddhist ethic.
It's time to start making those struggling to meet basic needs more visible. Then maybe people might start to realize how well-off they are, and be willing to sacrifice a greater part of their discretionary income in taxes.