Young men are taught that the universe is mere matter devoid of purpose, and that there is no higher good or higher order to devote themselves to. Marriage is taken as an optional and breakable contract between two people and the state, while children are financial drains and impediments to the freedom necessary for self-discovery and authentic self-expression. Devotion to country is taken as naïve and unsophisticated at best and immoral at worst. Right and wrong are flexible concepts, while morality is increasingly absent from mainstream culture and politics. The passions and spirited natures of men have been dampened by the common opinions of their surroundings and the spiritually empty philosophies of our times.

Are young men doing badly because they are taught to do so?