I was thinking about the high rate of fractured families and the lack of community in the US, when I began to look at the issue from a different perspective. Fractured families may not be pathological from the planet's point of view. The earth's limited resources, or at least the way we are using them, cannot sustain the increasing numbers of human inhabitants. These days, it is clear that the tide has changed; we are not living in a time of easy expansion, which has been present for years. We are now at a point where resources are becoming scarce, air is polluted, water is polluted, and we are over-fishing the seas. It's inevitable that human expansion has to slow down.
That means fewer children, and or more wars and famines. One way that comes about experientially is for our younger generations to have a harder time getting jobs, making enough money to support a marriage and a family; to find their way in the world. Consequently, they have fewer children, less affluence, a harder time establishing a career, and may feel a sense of failure when they compare themselves or their achievements to those of their parents..