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Dr. Glenn Olds, former President of Kent State University, recalled the sight of Mt. Rushmore as he hitch-hiked cross-country in 1941 during his junior year. From 10 miles back, he recognized Washington and Lincoln. But in the middle was a figure that looked like Adolf Hitler. Once close, instead of hair combed over a forehead, the young man saw guy wires, instead of a moustache, he saw scaffolding. The image stuck, and he made a note in his journal.

“What was Adolf Hitler at 10 miles away was Thomas Jefferson under construction,” he said. The experience became a parable: “Almost every major problem at a distance looks bad. When you get up close, you can see it’s something terribly important under construction.

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