My idea is that many of us don't have enough to strive against, to test our mettle so to speak, to keep us physically tired and proud of something hard that we've accomplished. We want a cause, and we sometimes pick up causes we don't really believe in, but it gives us an excuse to test our power.
His theory is that, if I can restate his point with some accuracy, a generation or two ago, people measured their self worth by what their parents and/or grandparents thought of them. If someone questioned or criticized them, they could say they were okay because their dad, their mom, or someone close to them said they were okay.
He feels now, people are measuring themselves by their own decisions or looking within themselves for validation. And if someone questions them, they feel attacked or maybe just challenged in their belief system and they get defensive. It's like they are being seen as wrong.
I wonder if there could be pieces of both these ideas, his and mine, that happen?
Anyone want to add to this?