Holmes brilliantly explains the history of American greatness, and how we as a culture lost our way. In his chapter, "A Great Deal of Ruin", for instance, he astutely illustrates how Steve Jobs' wonderful technological inventions were birthed in a worldview that rejected sacrifice, duty, and personal responsibility. While these amazing tools can be used to accomplish amazing things, it's ironic how much of the younger generation uses them with the same attitude in which they were created: a celebration of "self" over all else. Holmes notes: "Job's 'all about me' mentality was broadcasting a key value of the counter-culture. A decade long known for narcissism, the 1960's was also a time of rebellion against the idea that freedom requires self-restraint. In fact it espoused the opposite - that the individual must be rid of traditional moral constraints to be truly free. One must be dedicated to oneself first and foremost. What had been deemed boorish behavior before was now supposedly a sign of a deeper 'authentic' kind of freedom."
Our children must learn the difference between the value of the individual and the promotion of "self"; the cost of freedom and the trashing of virtue; the dangers of self-indulgence and the beauty of sacrifice.
The veterans we honor this week understood these truths to the point of fighting and even dying for them. They exemplify the greatness of the American vision as established by our nation's Founding Fathers.
"Rebound!" helps us to remember “when our nation was at the top of its game culturally, economically and socially, and globally,” to discover what’s gone wrong, and to “see what Americans must do to help America ‘rebound’ for future generations.” Ordering a copy today would be a lasting tribute to the many veterans whose military service has protected that vision for all of us.
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