America lauds youth and disdains age. But how are the worship of youth and the bias against age maintained? No cultural system of this size and power can endure unless it can also define the essential building blocks of daily life. How we experience time, money, faith, childhood, and relationships have been transformed in ways that relentlessly reinforce the primacy of adults and adulthood.
This transformation has been so thorough and so resistant to effective criticism that it amounts to the creation of a vast, society-wide cult, a cult of adulthood.