This column by David Brooks explains why intelligent conversations about morality are increasingly harder to come by. We just might be in trouble.






4 responses to “uh-oh”

  1. Well, what does our postmodern society expect? After all, they hardly have the intellectual equipment to deal with moral and ethical issues. Can anyone have such wherewithal after rejecting all absolutes after a horrendous misreading of relativity as truly reflective of a realm to which it never applies.

  2. Joey

    I’m not sure which is scarier, the contents of the article or the comments on the article.

  3. I wonder would these college students be troubled by other people’s consumerism. I would imagine they would. Also, “But, Smith and company emphasize, they have not been given the resources — by schools, institutions and families — to cultivate their moral intuitions, to think more broadly about moral obligations, to check behaviors that may be degrading.” I am not sure this is true. I think schools and institutions have been teaching them moral obligations, such as stopping global warming and greedy capitalists, etc.

  4. Steve

    As the article states, Smith and co. say that the problem is that young people haven’t been given the language/resources to think about moral issues. I disagree, I think they’ve been given exactly the “language” that they are spitting back to the resources. It’s not they’ve been given no resources, it’s that they’ve been given the wrong resources.

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