A society grows great when old men plant trees whose shade they know they will never sit in

from Reddit:

“A society grows great when old men plant trees whose shade they know they will never sit in”

Isn’t this the truth! I guess it’s possible that with age we begin to wax nostalgic for a better time that might never have actually existed, but it does seem like society is increasingly about today with little regard for tomorrow. I think this is especially true of politics in the United States. It seems the most important consideration of politicians is how a position on an issue will impact their re-election instead of how it will help or hurt the country long-term. Maybe politics has always been this way and I’m simply fooling myself to think their was a time when people gave more honest thought and consideration for future generations.

What are your thoughts?

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