appreciation of how much a healthy community

Michael30000

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Hello everyone,

From the book Thank You for Being Late by Thomas Friedman.

Mr. Friedman talks about his life in St. Louis Park.

But if you were lucky enough that your life was not constrained by these prejudices, it was hard not to be impacted by all that was also right about Minnesota and St. Louis Park back then. And in my case it was hard not to carry with me for a lifetime a sense of optimism that human agency can fix anything—if people are able and ready to act collectively. And it was hard to leave there and not carry with me for a lifetime an appreciation of how much a healthy community can both anchor and propel people.

Does "appreciation" mean something like gratitude or something like realization/understanding?

Thank you.
 
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