posted on Jul, 16 2011 @ 12:02 AM
I'm in a hurry and didn't get to read the whole thread- I apologize if I repeat things already said or am basically out of sync!!
A good book to read is "The Fourth Turning: An American Prophecy"
This book is really eye opening. It was written quite few years ago, and yet the outline it gives for these years and what shall happen to our society
has been AMAZINGLY accurate- right down to the most unpredictable events like 9/11. Yet it is neither a doomsday call nor mystical prophecy. The
authors assert that the skill of prophesizing has always been a matter of studying and knowing the cycles of humanity and it's generations, as they
are repeated. This is why in ancient times those considered "seer" of the future were people with access to the historical records- either written
or oral tradition. They used knowing past to know future- not any mystical power.
A very key element in their hypothesis is the four types of generations that repeat in cycles, and yet each time having their own particular
characteristics, both formed by their experiences and the previous generation, and also influencing future events and experiences (because of their
attitudes and actions).
I was of the 13th or X Generation, born in the sixties, while that hippy generation were still "hippies" and not yet in their "yuppie" stage. The
effects were completely different. The parents were "exploring themselves" and expressing themselves, and completely ignoring their children, saying
they would be better off learning from nature and not being infected by others. Lots of us didn't even go to school. Parents were having all sorts of
experimental sex and drug experiences at home and we had to survive out there.
This had a very different effect in our cultural personality than the kids they had later (once they'd married and decided to clean up their act,
still as self absorbed in their "Thirty Something" navel staring, but able to at least provide material comfort and security for their later born
kids. I have a brother who was born later, and he is lost, as you describe. He has always had everythign he wanted, his room was crowded with toys,
but he also had au pairs and nannies instead of parents, and was never ever spanked once in his entire life. He does not know what work is, nor effort
(the opposite of my generation that knows only that, and for survival, not to earn luxuries or pleasures), he cannot keep a job, is usually homeless,
and with this completely irrational unrealistic overblown self concept- in which despite his obvious failings at everything, he truly believes he is
superior to all others, more intelligent, and probably the next messiah. It is sad. He has been handicapped by all the positive reinforcement and is
totally ineffective now.
This book described how during this time, with the X Generation in the force of age, we will have to carry the world through total break down. We may
be rough, uncultured, reactive, but we're also extremely endurant, which is what will be needed to survive for a while. Some have said the X
Generation was a total waste of human life- a bunch of losers with belief in "no future". But each generation has a time and a place where they fit
and play an important part fo the picture.
Your generation, in their theory, is the dreamers of the new society. The oens that shall imagine up the blueprints of the new way (being rasied on
computer games helps this). Movies like "Avatar" are popular exactly ebcaus eyour generation is dreaming and spinning out the new vision. And your
kids, having been borught up in tough living, influenced by us grandparents to be tough pirates, as well as your idealistic and fantastic dreams,
shall actually BUILD the new society.
It is a rather uplifting vision, and I really woudl recommend reading it!