Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Nation of Wimps

My good friend Greg Lanners recently brought to my attention a book and it's website; which I believe carries an important message regarding our country's youth, and more specifically how it's our issue as parents raising this 'nation of wimps'.

And rolling with the theme of my recent posts... it goes beyond what we regard as the 'physical'... however, as I see it, it's all the same...

Check it out:


1 comment:

jleeger said...

What's at the heart of this, though?

I saw this book (a couple of years ago?), and flipped through it briefly at a Borders Books.

At the time I didn't really think much of it...put it back and moved on.

Now, I wonder what the author's final analysis is. It seems like there are a ton of books out there about different cultural phenomena.

Malcolm Gladwell is king of this type of book. Don't get me wrong, I love Gladwell's books. But he doesn't offer any analysis. Fact-throwing. "This research says blah blah blah." "This interesting fringe scientist says..." etc.

In the end, you're left with advice like "Parents need to abandon the idea of perfection and give up some of the invasive control they've maintained over their children."

But the statement points at a symptom. Not a cause.

What underlies the death of strong (physically, mentally, emotionally, societally, every-ally) individuals (which appears to be characteristic of our culture)?