Pendulum: How Past Generations Shape Our Present and Predict Our Future
Roy H. Williams, Michael R. Drew
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Politics, manners, humor, sexuality, wealth, even our definitions of success are periodically renegotiated based on the new values society chooses
to use as a lens to judge what is acceptable.
Are these new values randomly chosen or is there a pattern?
Pendulum chronicles the stuttering history of western society; that endless back-and-forth swing between one excess and another, always reminded of what we left behind.
There is a pattern and it is 40 years: 2003 was a fulcrum year, as was 1963, its opposite.
Pendulum explains where we have been as a society, how we got here, and where we are headed. If you would benefit from a peek into the future,
you would do well to read this book.
anniversary of the stock market crash of 1929, when society’s Pendulum was in the same position and headed in the same direction as it was in 1929. When Lehman Brothers and other important financial institutions failed in September, 2008, $150 billion were withdrawn from US money funds in a two-day period. This was thirty times higher than the average two-day outflow. In effect, the money market was subject to a bank run. Was this collapse avoidable? Absolutely. The reason history must repeat
prior to this Zenith of the “We.” In that same year (140 BCE) playwright Lucius Accius has his first play, Atreus, performed in Rome. Most of his fifty plays are tragedies, of course, because whining about problems and sacrificing ourselves to make things better is what we do at the Zenith of a “We.” Stoic Philosophy embraces the belief that pain and hardship should be endured without a display of feelings and without complaint, saying essentially, “Pain is good. Life is pain. Crap happens and
passionate, purposeful, productive and prosperous lives in a rapidly and dramatically changing world. Thank you, Michael, for the gift.” —Jeffrey Spencer, D.C., Author, Turn It Up, How To Perform At Your Best For A Lifetime “Imagine thousands of seemingly random societal transformations suddenly crystalized into one straight-forward explanation. This book not only explains why we’ve seen so many shifts in thought, but shows you how to predict what’s next. This book is a powerful shortcut to
Drew The decades that fall on each side of a Zenith are the twenty years when society is most out of balance and suffering for it. Conversely, the ten years that fall on each side of a tipping point are those decades when society is most in balance—between “Halfway Down” and “Halfway Up.” Balance: From halfway down a “We” to halfway up a “Me” is unicorns and rainbows, “I’m OK, you’re OK,” “Apple trees, honeybees, snow-white turtledoves!” “I’m going to buy the world a Coke!” (1953–1973). Out of
was fully “Me”—brash, confident, full of himself. He was the kind of leader who would stand on the deck of an aircraft carrier, look into the lens of a TV camera, and say, “Mission accomplished.” But Moses at eighty was a completely different man. In the book of Numbers, we read, “Now the man Moses was very meek, the most humble man on the face of the whole earth.”1 Having lived his second forty years as a shepherd on the backside of the desert, Moses had lost his hubris and developed a speech