09/16/2011 02:09 pm ET Updated Nov 16, 2011

Our Lack Of Moral Vocabulary

Earlier this week, David Brooks wrote a fascinating column on young people's moral lives, basing it on hundreds of in-depth interviews with young adults across America conducted by the eminent Notre Dame sociologist Christian Smith and his team.

The results, according to Brooks, were "depressing" -- not so much because of how they lived but because of "how bad they are at thinking and talking about moral issues."