Sorry for the slow postings, I took the weekend off! But, I am back because we have a lot too discuss. Couple of things, first is the Iran situation and the border issues. I’ve also been thinking about why we are so divided as a nation.
There was a book that came out about 2 years ago called, “Bowling Alone” and gives some great insight where we seem to be heading as a society. The book illustrates how people are becoming socially isolated and we see this most in our kids today…that is scary. Teen suicide is at record levels.
In Bowling Alone, Author Putnam, uses data from a wide variety of sources. He shows that social capital and engagement have declined in areas such as organizational membership, attending religious services, attending club meetings, and interacting with others face-to-face in communities.
Putnam suggests several explanations for this decline and argues that generational succession accounts for about half of the overall change. He also examines what the deficit in social capital is doing to individuals, communities, and America. Finally, he discusses how America could reverse the trend and start revitalizing social capital.
I watched a group of high schoolers crossing the street a few months back and noticed something really odd. 90% were talking on their cell phone or playing a game on their phone. If this is what’s meant by generational succession then that’s really sad.
More on this and other things…. later. Yard work calls! Anything you care discuss, please send me a comment.