Sharing conversation over beers with a group of friends, a 30-something young male proclaimed that this was his last summer of single-hood because he was planning to get married in the fall and wanted to start a family immediately. More typically it is the female in her late thirties who feels the urgency of her biological clock ticking and therefore eager to settle into a family mode so I asked this young fellow, why?
"I want to leave a legacy." He answered. It seemed he was fulfilling a checklist of Middle-American conformist ideals of what must be accomplished to attain a successful life. Yet, with his rather lopsided and naïve answer, I railed into him.