In his invaluable book, The Sibling Society, world-renowned author Robert Bly explains how unexpectedly childish our society has become, and how we're exporting this childishness the world over. Americans are not growing up, but rather becoming more and more childish, showing no longing to be adults.
This is evident in our obsession with entertainment and celebrity culture. Everything is becoming entertainment, including politics and literature. We exhibit a lack of recognition and respect for authority – be it teachers, leaders, or religion – and we avoid tackling anything serious. Our culture is in grave danger, he tells interviewer Corinne Edwards, as they discuss possible cures.