We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
I know many people, in both my work and personal lives, in this Millennials cohort and none of them exhibit the soft behaviors of which Senator Sasse speaks. Certainly they exist, I just wonder where they are?
Are you asking where they are in the US? That would suggest that some states have been impacted by this problem more than others. I would agree, I suspect that children raised in CA or WA or OR are "softer" both intellectually and morally. Although they may maintain a physical strength by doing more hiking and skiing, etc. ;-)
I think Sasse's references to Aristotle vs. Plato probably went right over many folks' heads. It's really a very important distinction and it's so refreshing to see a politician who understands the difference in world views. Basically, Aristotle believed "what you see is what you get" - that reality really exists independent of our consciousness. In contrast, Plato believed that what we think is reality is just an illusion - "reflections on a cave wall, cast by a campfire" as he put it in his "Allegory of the Cave". Western civilization is descended from Aristotle, and all tyrannies throughout history stem from the teachings of Plato. You can easily see the distinction in the fact that members of certain religions are willing to sacrifice their lives on earth for 72 virgins in the afterlife.
Glad you explained it so simply. Most folks do not understand the difference. The attraction to Plato-- is that it can sometimes be used to justify attempt to create the ideal! Many government programs could use the platonic reasoning to justify their existence!