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WanderingEng  ·  1415 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Sense of Alienation

    brain drain in places that need smart people to stay put

Even if they leave, they remember what was left behind. A smart kid from rural Kentucky now working in the Bay Area and living in a condo still knows there are people back there in Kentucky the rest of the world has forgotten about. That can be an asset.