Prudence Cuper Very intriguing, Adam! Yes, reducing this discussion to "givers" and "takers" isn't useful (or on target). From my perspective, happiness is not only intertwined with finding meaning and purpose, but also is profoundly related to our surroundings and the people we interact with (both near and far, thanks to today's technologies). . . unfortunately, attaining or experiencing a state of "happiness" is (like self-actualization) something we pass in and out of with more ease than we might wish!
Prudence Cuper Hmmm... while I agree with your comments about the ambiguity of the term "hipster" (as applied to some millennials) and, certainly, the mixed possibility of messages from the UO Romney t-shirts, being a boomer liberal, I ardently hope that our voter-age millennials can do some deep/introspective thinking prior to election day and figure out how desperately our country needs them to figure out who they are and what they stand for ... and may it be that they see themselves as a generation that cares about righting the social inequities that still plague our country as well as protecting an environment that is in great peril thanks to those who (actually) believe that global warming is a myth. In a nutshell? If UO produces a t-shirt with an unambiguous photo of our President on the chest, let's hope our "hipsters" can wear it with self-assurance, commitment and pride.
Prudence Cuper Very hopeful trend that I wasn't aware of before reading Adam's article. Having grown up on a small farm in NJ (a long time ago) and watching that farm turn into a suburban housing development (without veggie gardens - anywhere), I particularly appreciated the final point Adam made.