The wealth of a nation is reflected in her people’s ability to set aside conflicts and collaborate. Together they can undertake massive projects like building bridges, aircrafts, and space probes. You can impoverish a population by depriving them of moral and social values, which allow them to conduct themselves socially. Make them antisocial loners. And they are bound to be limited by their individuality. The most they can do is what one man can do. In other words, moral values allow people to grow up and work together. Lack of morality is a sure path to economic demise. Just what is the advantage of living in a society or group if people live like they were alone on an island? Then, they can achieve only as much as an loner on an island.
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