The ME generation

A new story in the NY Times challenges the conventional wisdom that this is the most self-obsessed generation yet. Read it here.

Apparently, youthful narcissism is only temporary.

“It’s the development of a new life stage between adolescence and adulthood,” Mr. Arnett said. “It’s a temporary condition of being self-focused, not a permanent generational characteristic.”

David Brooks wrote an important article about this new phase of young adulthood a few months ago. He calls it “Odyssey.”

The greatest luxury of modern western society is this: We have the freedom to ask, “What do I want to do with my life?” Only a few generations ago, this was a largely irrelevant question. And it remains so for most of the world. We have the privilege of contemplating purpose, not merely survival. But so often that purpose eludes us.

If there is anything more selfish about this generation, it is the result of having so much, while nevertheless continuing to experience the unrelenting longing for purpose.

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