I have reached the fuddy duddy stage of life that causes me to get impatient and cranky about modern culture. The biggest difference I see between America in 2014 and the America of my youth more than 55 years ago is that the modern culture seems to not only defend narcissim but actually celebrates it as a positive personal virtue. I am annoyed at what I see as too many bad choices in the balancing act.
In the generation of parents after World War 2, children usually came first and sacrifices were made even if parents did not have enough personal time for themselves. Yes yes I am familiar with the boring argument about you have to love yourself first. But a parent has a special responsibility that cannot be met by any other surrogate. If a mother is so pre-occupied on a cell phone conversation with a friend that she cannot even look at a young child who might be wandering into danger, as far as I am concerned she has made the wrong choice. If a father spends most of his time on recreation for himself such as golf or tennis but seldom takes time to spend with a son, that is a wrong choice in my book.But my view appears to be in a small minority of opinion because it seems to me most younger parents are choosing to meet their own needs over those of children who need their love and supervision for which there is no substitute. The result is a generation of self-centered parents who are setting a bad example for their children who learn the wrong lesson that putting themselves first is always the right thing to do.
Some IR readers will think my complaint is archaic and a few others might agree. Where do you think the proper balance lies and which direction is the one to lean?