18. Childhood’s End

In Arthur C. Clarke’s science-fiction epic Childhood’s End, the tension derives from a new generation of humans that are not just quantitatively, but qualitatively different from their parents. The significance of the title is that the arrival of this generation marks childhood’s end for the human species. Evolution has played a nasty trick on the parents, making them suddenly the new Neanderthals, while their children become homo superbus.

Young people arriving in the workplace today are not quite that different, but there are some generational differences that need to be understood and accommodated.

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