Saturday, September 10, 2011

Generation Me by Jean M. Twenge, Ph.D.

First, this seems to be a good read...her subtitle, "Why Today's Young Americans Are More Confident, Assertive, Entitled- and More Miserable Than Ever Before."

Discussion question after Chapter 1...the discussion question was posed by
(those of you who know me, know that I'm not necessarilty fond of the remainder of his posts.)

1. This chapter presents a convincing thesis: that we are in the midst of a revolution of what
are considered acceptable social rules which define this generation as being radically
different to the cultural ethos of previous decades (p.20). The new rule: do things your way -
self-interest supercedes the expectations of those around you - or "I don't care what anyone
else thinks, I'm doing things my way." Does this mindset foster or pervert the quest for
authentic community?

My thoughts...No…if we are to believe that in order to give to anyone else, we must be giving FROM a place of comfort, joy and satisfaction…hence you do need to take care of yourself/personal needs first. A personal mantra, this has been followed as I’ve cared for children, family and friends. Community comes from a collection of individuals with needs of their own. How do we give back if we have nothing or little to give? And what is authentic community anyway? 

What are your thoughts?

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