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Originally posted by PaperbackWriter
I was reading just yesterday about the events that brought about the end of the Roman Empire.
From all accounts there was no concensus.
Perhaps they did not take into accounts a "Fourth Turning". An entire generation that just did not want the
same things and have the same views as parents and grandparents of maintaining the status quo.
If it followed a pattern before then of the further ancestors and their generational turnings it must have been on a smaller scale and in ways that only affected on a more local level. That it must take a possibly set number of turnings to effect change on the grand scale.
To do a study of this, I suppose you would need to adjust for lifespans of various people having been much shorter in times past also. Knowledge handed down from grandparents, etc to have a historical perspective.
Originally posted by My_Reality
reply to post by Subsonic
I think the theory is flawed. In the Revolutionary War and Civil War eras 80 years was not close at all to an average human lifespan. Pastuer's research on the Germ Theory of Disease eventually led to the average doubling of the human lifespan. This was brought about by years of research from numerous other scientists. The Upper classes and Royalty tended to live long in those eras. The peasantry, merchants, lawyers, skilled trademen, Etc....not so much.
Still, it is interesting. A nice thought experiment. Now, I could see this as an American phenomena every two generations or so. Even so, much of Europe was ablaze with revolutionary uprisings throughout the 19th Century. Many of the former European colonies in the 20th century.
It seems like human nature to me. We have been killing each other since the dawn of civilization.
and as everyone knows, Gen X'ers are a cynical, squirrelly bunch. We were the latchkey kids, the punk rockers, the headbangers and the grunge generation in our teen years, the ones who would forever never amount to anything. But our generational cynicism and restlessness will prove to be our strongest traits in the coming years as we take the reigns of our world, and navigate through the next crisis.