There’s a new book out by Diana West called the Death of the Grown-up. She argues that the West is suffering from a case of Arrested Development. The idea of a ‘teenager,’ an official, recognizable, and transitional period that bridges the gap between childhood and adulthood, didn’t even exist until recent history. Now it extends past even the ‘teen’ years and on up to 30 or beyond. There are so many alarming implications of this. So many.
I haven’t read the book, but West argues no less than that this will bring down Western civilization. Here are the first paragraphs of Tim Challies’ review of the book. I encourage you to read the rest of his review (here) and maybe even grab the book and read through it with a friend:
Where have all the grown-ups gone? It’s a question that has perplexed me. Why is it that young people these days seem unwilling, or perhaps unable, to grow up? What is so attractive about youth, about perpetual adolescence, that is so attractive? My wife and I have discussed these things at length, trying to understand why so many of the young people we know (young people who are really not so young anymore) seem stuck. They are working on second or third college degrees; they are living at home with mom and dad, even into their thirties; they are looking at marriage only in their late twenties or early thirties. What is happening? When I was young I could hardly wait to pass through my teenage years so I could live life as an adult and in so doing I think I followed generations before me. What has happened since?
Diana West has asked the same questions and The Death of the Grown-Up is her attempt at an answer. A book that has generated no small response, it concludes that America is suffering from a case of arrested development and that this will, this must, bring down Western civilization. This is no small claim. Neither is it a popular one (as evidenced by a near 50/50 split in Amazon reviews between 1-star and 5-star reviews). But it is one West manages to legitimize…
The review continues here and is well worth the brief read.