David Brooks, author of The Road to Character, suggests that the dominant ethos of the early 21st century is “hyper individualism”: seeing life’s purpose as attaining independence, self-fulfillment and happiness. Yet this trend spawns various spiritual and social afflictions, including loneliness, mental illness, substance abuse, a lack of a sense of purpose, and fragmented families and communities. Instead, Brooks believes that people need a vision of life that prioritizes relationships and commitments.
About the Author
New York Times op-ed columnist David Brooks is a regular on the PBS NewsHour. He also wrote The Road to Character.