A Message for Recent Grads [Good Articles]

3 Jun

Here’s an excellent read by David Brooks in the NY Times for all recent grads.  By now, most of you who have graduated are aware of the strange disconnect between common graduation rhetoric and the reality of the world you’re now in.  Brooks has some extremely insightful words on exactly why that may be, and he points to the “baby boomer theology” as the culprit.  You

From the article:

College grads are often sent out into the world amid rapturous talk of limitless possibilities. But this talk is of no help to the central business of adulthood, finding serious things to tie yourself down to. The successful young adult is beginning to make sacred commitments — to a spouse, a community and calling — yet mostly hears about freedom and autonomy.

Today’s graduates are also told to find their passion and then pursue their dreams. The implication is that they should find themselves first and then go off and live their quest. But, of course, very few people at age 22 or 24 can take an inward journey and come out having discovered a developed self.

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