For the past 20 years, I've personally called this the 'wussification' of men in America. It has produced an entire generation of 'boys' who have 'checked' out of the 'Rat Race'. They never grew up. Getting ahead, achieving, succeeding all have been abandoned and replaced with extreme apathy and acceptance of existence living. With the handing out every participation trophy or medal; with the utterance of every well intentioned 'good job' for a mediocre performance; with each attempt at motivational praise for 'getting along' or 'finishing the race', what makes a boy want to grow up and become a man, a real man, has been dash, slashed, and demeaned.
Tough moments, failures, some humiliation must be overcome to make a man want to be a man!