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Month: April 2020

The Vanishing American Adult (Part IX) – Chapter Seven: Travel to See

Senator Sasse believes that, like hard work, travel can challenge and transform us. It can create empathy. It can create challenges for young people to overcome. Sasse quotes Edward Gibbon’s description of a good traveler. “He should be endowed with an active, indefatigable vigor of mind and body, which can seize every mode of conveyance, …

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The Vanishing American Adult (Part VIII) – Chapter Six: Consume Less

In another chapter perfectly fitting the current crisis, Senator Sasse writes that we need to teach our children to exercise self-control in what they consume and train them to seek happiness in non-material things. He says that we must draw a firm line between things that help us to survive, to learn, to live a …

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The Vanishing American Adult (Part VII) – Chapter 5: Embrace Work Pain

Productivity is essential to human flourishing. We often fail to see this. Among our young there is an outsized sense of entitlement without any corresponding notion of accountability. This is because we often see freedom the wrong way. Ben Sasses was president of a college for five year. While there he conducted a survey wherein …

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The Vanishing American Adult (Part VI) – Chapter 4: Flee Age Segregation

If someone from 18th century Boston were to travel to the present, after they got past our technology the two changes that would more surprised them would be the way we separate work from home and the ways in which we segregate our young from older people in our communities. 300 years ago nobody commuted …

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