The economic outlook has much to do with this: students loaded down with debt, and shrinking job prospects. But it is much more than that. Young people have always needed a vision - of society, the world, of themselves - to inspire them, to encourage them to be all that they can be, and many youth of today find this missing in our contemporary society, with its .com relationships and corrupted emphasis upon money, fame and power. Many times, young people feel lost, overwhelmed, and personally insignificant.
With the publication of his latest book, "Handbook for Youth in a Muddied Age", author James Hilgendorf has taken another step forward in providing inspiration for the youth of today, and to laying the groundwork, through his other writings, for the vision of a new Dream of America.
"Handbook for Youth in a Muddied Age" is packed with short, insightful writings by the author, combined with passages from famous international figures, that provide a roadmap of hope for the youth of today, who have it in their power to create a new world and a new civilization.
The emphasis is on personal empowerment.
From the book:
"At the heart of the most pressing problem lies the key to turning everything around.
"When the problem will not go away, when it stares you unrelentingly in the face, when you think you cannot go on living even unless it changes, this is the turning point.
"But the problem will never change if you think something is going to magically happen, if you think the solution will arrive knocking at your door to give you relief, if you are waiting for the miracle to happen.
"The miracle is you.
"The miracle is summoning up totally new energies from within. It is forging new determinations, and then acting and moving ahead with all your might. It is do or die.
"The miracle is finally believing in yourself. It is depending on no one and no thing. It is making up your mind.
"It is calling forth infinite resources where you saw no resources.
"The universe is waiting for you. The universe has given you this problem as a gift. The universe will bend to your every whim, but only when you yourself move with implacable will and determination.
"It all depends on you.
"You are the turning point of a miracle."
"Handbook for Youth in a Muddied Age" is available through bookstores, and online in paperback or e-book format from Amazon.com at: http://www.amazon.com/
James Hilgendorf is the author of seven books. His website is http://www.jimhilgendorf.org