United States Senator Ben Sasse has written a book that is selling really well and he insists it isn’t political, but very important for America’s future.
Sasse says he began writing The Vanishing American Adult, because he observed a disturbing trend.
“I think we’re stranding a lot of our kids right now in perpetual adolescence,” Sasse tells Nebraska Radio Network. “I think we’re leaving a lot of kids stuck in Neverland and Neverland is the dystopian hell where Peter Pan lived. It is not a good place.”
Sasse says there is a fundamental question at stake: are we passing on the type of America we want for our children?
Sasse says adolescence is healthy as a transitional state, but it has become a perpetual state for too many. He says the audience he is aiming at is parents.
“This is a constructive book. This is not an old man screaming get off my lawn, what’s wrong with millennials,” Sasse says. “Two-thirds of this book is explicitly written to be constructive tools and ways to think about habit formation and rites of passage and coming of age.”
Sasse and his wife, Melissa, have three children, ages 15, 13, and 6. He says his concern for his children sparked some of the ideas in the book, but the experience which sparked the idea of the book began when he took over Midland University in Fremont. He says what kept him awake at night as president of Midland wasn’t the financial woes of the school, but the direction of the students. He says he saw far too many who had far too few scars; what Sasse uses as shorthand to denote a lack of adversity learned through hard work.
Sasse argues in the book that a return to hard work would provide young adults the experience necessary to overcome adversity and achieve.
AUDIO: Brent Martin reports [:50]