Tag: Young people

  • American Crises: Mental Health and Political Polarization

    by Preston Stovall ___ U.S. citizens are facing a crisis in political polarization and mental health today. Over the last decade, rates of self-harm and depression have skyrocketed among young Americans. This impact is not evenly distributed across the population, however, as it is centered on heavy users of social media (“heavy use” varies from…

  • Twenty-Five Things Young People Used to Understand

    by Daniel A. Kaufman ____ My “Twenty-Five Things Everyone Used to Understand” was a minor hit, so here are twenty-five things young people used to understand. The point is to catalogue what would have been the common understanding among most young people of my era (the 1970’s and 80’s) regarding the realities of life; things…

  • A Sunny Nihilism?

    by Kevin Currie-Knight ___ Kevin Currie-Knight (East Carolina University) chats with Wendy Syfret (VICE Asia) about her new book The Sunny Nihilist: How a Meaningless Life Can Make You Truly Happy. We talk about why the modern world relentlessly seeks meaning in everything, whether nihilism is a viable or liberating response, and whether/how nihilism is…

  • COVID-19 and the Question of Competing Values

    by Daniel A. Kaufman ___ **Note: This essay goes up in the midst of another wave of Covid-19 in the US. In some places, it is a first wave and in others, a second.  Regardless it rightly disturbs us, and I think many will be tempted to dismiss what I say below, as if it…