Shaun O'Connell's essay, "Remembering Who We Were," gives a Boston perspective to our search for self, identity, and possibility. For its writers, he concludes, "Boston remains a vibrant state of mind, an occasion for sustained verbal reflection, a site of personal and cultural conflict, a city still in the making." And while there may be anxieties "beneath its high-tech prosperity, its high-style glitz and its political clout ... over the separations between the people we once were and those we have become or those we might become" — that "might" will be immeasurably strengthened if policymakers adhere to policies that enhance philosophies designed to improve individual self-esteem, promote community, and open up new vistas for self-realization.
"Remembering Who We Were: Boston Books, 1986,"
New England Journal of Public Policy: Vol. 3
, Article 10.
Available at: http://scholarworks.umb.edu/nejpp/vol3/iss1/10