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Novak: You know, I see a greater return to self discipline, a greater return to foresight and a much greater willingness to serve others, to look for opportunities out of American affluence and the affluence they have enjoyed to try to serve the poor and needy elsewhere, and also a recognition that you serve the poor and needy best if you, to use the old cliché “teach them how to fish rather than just giving them a fish.” The great inner energy of capitalism is to make things work and to invent and create new things that didn’t exist before, new businesses that didn’t exist before. And that requires a certain vision and the willingness to take a chance, and I see lots of goodness. Our new technologies encouraged that, don’t they? I mean, all the things, the possibility with communications these days are just amazing. I see in my grandchildren, they’re just fascinated by all the new technologies, all the different media, and they seem to live, surrounded by them. I can’t hardly understand how to make some of them work and they do it just like that.
 

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