On 11 June 2012, one speaker's words to a high school graduating class in the U.S. were that the graduates were not "special." His message went around the world, and when Brian Williams on NBC Nightly News introduced the story, he actually warned the TV audience!
Now, for the older generations, this "shocking news story" was certainly less than disturbing since their culture produced young adults who had been aware from a very early age that they were not especially exceptional. Therefore, they knew that they would have to work hard and make achievements in order to accomplish anything in their lives. For, they expected nothing from anyone. They knew that they would have to be responsible for their own successes because their society had taught them this important lesson.
But, in contemporary society, there are those individuals who have received trophies for just being on the team and never playing in a game, or for just participating in a summer camp, etc. They have had the "cape-crusader" of a parent--these were the words of the graduation speaker-- fly down to protect the offspring at every turn of misfortune or every challenge facing the child. Therefore, the graduating classes of 2012 had a much different self-perception and attitude toward life as a result of the society in which they have lived.