the problem with society

in five sentences...

Children are coached on how to jump through a thousand scholastic hoops. Yet by far the most important decisions they will make are about whom to marry and whom to befriend, what to love and what to despise, and how to control impulses.

On these matters, they are almost entirely on their own. We are good at talking about material incentives, but bad about talking about emotions and intuitions.

We are good at teaching technical skills, but when it comes to the most important things, like character, we have almost nothing to say.

--from The Social Animal by David Brooks (emphasis mine)