The Four Turnings, Howe and Strauss

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The Four Turnings, Howe and Strauss

Post by Rick » Tue May 22, 2018 3:05 pm

The state of The State got me thinking about The Fourth Turning by historians Howe and Strauss. (This is the book that drives Steve Bannon's view of the current global situation.)

Is the four-turnings loop — high, awakening, unraveling, crisis ... high, awakening, unraveling, crisis ... — a kind of global endlessly spinning wheel of samsara? Karma writ large?
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Re: The Four Turnings, Howe and Strauss

Post by Rick » Tue May 22, 2018 6:27 pm

From the Howe and Strauss book, The Fourth Turning:

Turnings come in cycles of four. Each (full, four-turning) cycle spans the length of a long human life, roughly eighty to one hundred years, a unit of time the ancients called the saeculum. Together, the four turnings of the saeculum comprise history's seasonal rhythm of growth, maturation, entropy, and destruction:

The First Turning is a High, an upbeat era of strengthening institutions and weakening individualism, when a new civic order implants and the old values regime decays.

The Second Turning is an Awakening, a passionate era of spiritual upheaval, when the civic order comes under attack from a new values regime.

The Third Turning is an Unraveling, a downcast era of strengthening individualism and weakening institutions, when the old civic order decays and the new values regime implants.

The Fourth Turning is a Crisis, a decisive era of secular upheaval, when the values regime propels the replacement of the old civic order with a new one.

Rinse and repeat.
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Re: The Four Turnings, Howe and Strauss

Post by Virgo » Tue May 22, 2018 6:59 pm

Rick wrote:
Tue May 22, 2018 3:05 pm
Howe and Strauss.
They've done very interesting work, and yes the cycle continues.

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