In his new book, William Damon makes an impassioned case for altering the "culture of short horizons" that bombards young people with cynical messages about the importance of seeking instant success. As he explains, more and more young adults are "failing to launch" into joyful and productive adulthoods. They are postponing essential life commitments and find themselves drifting along aimlessly, full of uncertainty. "The most pervasive problem of the day is a sense of emptiness that has ensnared many young people," he writes.
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