Achieving greatness

“This generation is more confident, more assertive, more entitled–and more miserable.” ~Jean Twenge, on Americans born in the 1980s and 1990s, in her book Generation Me.

Every young person who wants to succeed will probably succeed. Then they’ll be miserable.

Dante Alighieri, who in middle age achieved fame as a poet in Italy, then wrote the Divine Comedy in which he described himself: “In the middle of the journey of our life, I came to myself, in a dark wood, where the direct way was lost.” Achieving greatness also left him confused, alone, and afraid.

From Rod Dreher’s How Dante Can Save Your Life:

A young pastor friend in Washington, D.C., tells me that that the biggest problem he faces in dealing with this congregation of young, highly educated, high-achieving professionals is an overwhelming sense of dread and anxiety about their own worth and direction in life. He said that they really want to be good, but what this culture has taught them about what it means to be good–achieve, achieve, achieve!–is leading them into a dark wood.