Cultural Observation: Our Problem with Community

Generation X identifies two attitudes, common among young Americans, that contribute to the present crisis of community. One is the ‘Cult of Aloneless,’ which Coupland defines as ‘the need for autonomy at all costs, usually at the expense of long-term relationships. Often brought about by overly high expectations of others.’ At the same time, the next generation suffers from what Coupland calls ‘Terminal Wanderlust: A condition common to people of transient middle-class upbringings. Unable to feel rooted in any one environment, they move continually in the hopes of finding an idealized sense of community in the next place.” -Phil Ryken, City on a Hill (pg. 74)

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