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The Sibling Society by Robert Bly is a moving call for the rediscovery of adulthood It is not about siblings in a family Robert Bly has used the term sibling society as a metaphor to suggest that we are in a culture that doesnt look up to parents or to grandparents What are these siblings like The description of the sibling society builds throughout the book They are a society of half-adults who lack dedication to causes justices and caring At what point do they become full-fledged adults We are all perpetual half-adults pursuing our own pleasure This pleasure has become the disease of our society The need to stay young for adults has corrupted our society The books array of anecdotes and examples attempt to prove a chilling point The point is that our nation is one of adults regressing towards adolescence and adolescents with no desire to become adults Where have all the grownups gone In his interpretation of social change he sees a society adolescent in its behavior no matter what age or geographic location Sibling society acts as a lens focusing on tendencies habits and griefs we have all noticed Of all these griefs and tendencies none is so destructive as the absence of fathers The role of the father has gone through a drastic change Fathers are no longer the sole center of the family the breadwinners In traditional society older men played an important role in rearing boys But in our society the elderly is locked behind the doors of nursing homes and not around to pass down their wisdom Respect for elders has given way to the furious competition of peers who strive not to be good but to be famous Where have all the grownups gone With single parents working full time jobs babies are carted off to day care centers to have someone else raise them instead of their parents In the sibling
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