"Millennials and the Meaning of Life and Work in Downton Abbey", presented by Kimberly Blessing, Professor of Philosophy.
Liberals criticize Downton Abbey's creator because his melodrama celebrates British aristocracy and endorses conservative values. Indeed this post WWI PBS television series challenges some very popular(maybe American) conceptions of meaningfulness; Steve Jobs advises, "You've got to find what you love," or "Do What You Love" and Oprah Winfrey preaches, "Follow Your Bliss." By contrast, the rigid class structure of post Edwardian England prescribes certain roles to characters from Downton Abbey. Many Millennials would eschew the work of the servants, as well as the rigidly defined roles of their aristocratic masters, opting instead to Do What You Love. Are their lives any more meaningful for it?
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