No one can go it alone.
For a businessman to be successful, he has to have customers, roads, railroads, airplanes and he has to have employees who have been to school. The amount he adds to all this is important but he can't go it alone. He didn't earn it all by himself. He owes part of it back to support the things that made his success possible.
Because we owe much to the past, we have an obligation to the future. We all have the obligation to try to pass on a world to the next generation which is a little better than the one we inherited so that those who come after, standing on our shoulders, can see a little farther and do a little better in their turn.
. . . Why do I feel it necessary to say these things? A short time ago I would have thought it was obvious and not really worth saying, but we seem to have moved into a period when our national leaders are teaching an extreme individualism that would make us forget our shared concerns. . . . If each of us pursues a life dedicated to getting the most we can for ourselves, it will not automatically follow that the community will be better off.
There is a law of reciprocal obligation. The community has given us the opportunity to succeed -- although it is true that only we can seize that opportunity -- and to the extent that we do succeed we owe something back. We owe the obligations of a responsible citizen to participate in the great decisions of our time. At the minimum we owe the obligation to pay cheerfully for our fair share of government, the major expression of our collective enterprise.