Them - Ben Sasse

Them

By Ben Sasse

  • Release Date: 2018-10-16
  • Genre: Political Science
  • Size: 2.24 MB
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* AN INSTANT NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER *

From the New York Times bestselling author of The Vanishing American Adult, an intimate and urgent assessment of the existential crisis facing our nation.

Something is wrong. We all know it.

American life expectancy is declining for a third straight year. Birth rates are dropping. Nearly half of us think the other political party isn’t just wrong; they’re evil. We’re the richest country in history, but we’ve never been more pessimistic.

What’s causing the despair?

In Them, bestselling author and U.S. senator Ben Sasse argues that, contrary to conventional wisdom, our crisis isn’t really about politics. It’s that we’re so lonely we can’t see straight—and it bubbles out as anger.

Local communities are collapsing. Across the nation, little leagues are disappearing, Rotary clubs are dwindling, and in all likelihood, we don’t know the neighbor two doors down. Work isn’t what we’d hoped: less certainty, few lifelong coworkers, shallow purpose. Stable families and enduring friendships—life’s fundamental pillars—are in statistical freefall.

As traditional tribes of place evaporate, we rally against common enemies so we can feel part of a team. No institutions command widespread public trust, enabling foreign intelligence agencies to use technology to pick the scabs on our toxic divisions. We’re in danger of half of us believing different facts than the other half, and the digital revolution throws gas on the fire.

There’s a path forward—but reversing our decline requires something radical: a rediscovery of real places and human-to-human relationships. Even as technology nudges us to become rootless, Sasse shows how only a recovery of rootedness can heal our lonely souls.

America wants you to be happy, but more urgently, America needs you to love your neighbor and connect with your community. Fixing what's wrong with the country depends on it.

Reviews

  • This Book Decodes America’s Divide And What To Do About It! 🔅

    5
    By NewTalk
    I couldn’t put this book down. In a world of political upheaval, I found “Them” to be a sobering, yet reassuring voice amidst much of the partisan pyrotechnics that is hooking much of the country’s, and the worlds, attention spans. Sasse combines his hometown heart and Senatorial sensibility to present a compelling case that America’s discord is only the symptom of what ails us, but is far from the cause. While I didn’t agree with all he suggests to heal the deep wounds within this democratic republic, he makes a strong argument that what separates us is, in many cases, our digital screens, (the distraction) and underneath that, the dilemma of a deep, existential loneliness. I never highlighted more sentences in a book than this one. This book invited me to look at myself in the proverbial mirror, to honestly note my habits, much of them rooted in me occupying my time starring into a screen and ultimately disconnecting me from my family, friends and communities. “Them” shows me that even though the hate between political parties, whose flames are often fanned by pundits on both the left, right and everywhere in between, it need not be this way. This book is a warning to every citizen that we can continue congesting our collective hearts, feeding on temporarily satisfying junk food fodder, deliciously delivered on a silver platform of our choosing; social, cable, etc. or we can heed the call to re-root ourselves in face to face conversations and connections with others and most importantly, ourselves.

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