Goran Rosenberg, is the editor of Moderna Tider, the leading Swedish monthly of social and cultural affairs.
Stockholm - Life nowadays is too tricky and too
fragile to allow for long-term planning. Even the tradition markers of
the ordinary human lifespan are rapidly being upset, moved, changed, uprooted.
Childhood, adolescence, motherhood, fatherhood, sex, family, work, career,
reward, retirement, yes, even death, are all changing their meaning and
position and significance. A person born in 1980, like my youngest daughter,
does not expect the same stability and predictability in life as a person
born in 1880. She is facing more choices, more risks, more opportunities,
more mobility, but also less coherence, less trust, less safety, less
certainty about the society in which she lives - and about the kind of
life that awaits her.