David Brooks: What Is It About Friendships That Is So Powerful?

From a New York Times column by David Brooks headlined “What Is It About Friendships That Is So Powerful?”:

If you had asked me a few years ago what we should focus on to expand economic opportunity in America, I would have trotted out the usual suspects: early childhood education, improved schools, stable families, neighborhood jobs. Friendships would not have been on the top of my list.