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By David G. Myers

For american citizens getting into the twenty-first century, it's the better of instances and the worst of occasions. fabric wealth is at list degrees, but annoying social difficulties replicate a deep religious poverty. during this compelling e-book, recognized social psychologist David G. Myers asks how this paradox has turn out to be and, extra vital, how we will spark social renewal and dream a brand new American dream.
Myers explores the learn on social ills from the Sixties throughout the Nineties and concludes that the materialism and radical individualism of this era have rate us dearly, imperiling our youngsters, corroding normal civility, and diminishing our happiness. although, within the voices of public figures and usual voters he now hears a spirit of optimism. The nationwide discussion is shifting—away from the growth of private rights and towards enhancement of communal civility, clear of efforts to elevate vanity and towards makes an attempt to arouse social accountability, clear of “whose values?” and towards “our values.” Myers analyzes intimately the examine on academic and different courses that take care of social difficulties, explaining which appear to paintings and why. He then bargains optimistic and well-reasoned suggestion, suggesting renewed social ecology for the USA will leisure on guidelines that stability “me pondering” with “we thinking.”

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The American paradox: spiritual hunger in an age of plenty

For americans coming into the twenty-first century, it's the better of instances and the worst of occasions. fabric wealth is at list degrees, but annoying social difficulties mirror a deep religious poverty. during this compelling booklet, famous social psychologist David G. Myers asks how this paradox has end up and, extra very important, how we will spark social renewal and dream a brand new American dream.

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In all human societies the father is regarded by tradition as indispensable. . 21 09:59 Marriage 37 may be arranged or chosen, enabled or not by a dowry or bride price, ‘‘marriage and the family have been universally viewed as [civilization’s] necessary foundation,’’ adds Elizabeth Fox-Genovese. The two-parent arrangement makes biological sense. As babies we were all born with large, immature brains and complete dependence on others for food and safety. Historically, children of separated or uninvolved parents were therefore less likely to pass their genes along to posterity than were children whose parents cooperated to nurture them to maturity.

21 09:59 Marriage 37 may be arranged or chosen, enabled or not by a dowry or bride price, ‘‘marriage and the family have been universally viewed as [civilization’s] necessary foundation,’’ adds Elizabeth Fox-Genovese. The two-parent arrangement makes biological sense. As babies we were all born with large, immature brains and complete dependence on others for food and safety. Historically, children of separated or uninvolved parents were therefore less likely to pass their genes along to posterity than were children whose parents cooperated to nurture them to maturity.

But if all of us in religious communities, government, education, business, and the media will consider what makes for healthy societies and good lives, better times may be ahead. 5937 Myers / THE AMERICAN PARADOX / sheet 52 of 430 C H A P T E R 3 The Past and Future of Marriage The ranks of the optimists who think the family is alive and well have thinned considerably. 21 09:59 Across time and place, human societies have nearly always included a relatively monogamous bond between men and women, and a bond between parents and their children.

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