I had planned to write this week about the role technology will play in the coming Reset. However, sometimes you come across an article that explains something important and you simply must pass it on. Part 1 of this article fits the bill. The rise of a “grey champion” during The Fourth Turning has significant implications for the Great American Reset.
Please do not construe my passing on this article as some form of “doom and gloom” forecast. Part 1 is a very good summary of our present situation and that is why I am recommending it. Part 2 identifies many of the challenges we face. However, the author of this article believes a dark outcome is our only option and frames those challenges as insurmountable. I don’t agree. However, we also have to be realistic in that some of it isn’t outside of the realm of possibility.
I read The Fourth Turning several years ago. As it says in this article, “The saecular winter [Fourth Turning] can hurry or wait, but history warns that it will surely be upon us.” It may be short or long, harsh or mild. A lot of that depends on how we respond.
So… what is the Fourth Turning?
“This is an era in which America’s institutional life is torn down and rebuilt from the ground up—always in response to a perceived threat to the nation’s very survival. Civic authority revives, cultural expression finds a community purpose, and people begin to locate themselves as members of a larger group. In every instance, Fourth Turnings have eventually become new “founding moments” in America’s history, refreshing and redefining the national identity.”
Sound familiar? This is another way of describing the Great American Reset.
The article points out that the rise of “the Grey Champion” occurs just as the Fourth Turning enters its crisis phase. Please don’t dismiss the election of Trump in this context. It’s explains a great deal about the cycles of history and how they are repeating before our very eyes.
If you read Part 2, please know that I firmly believe that working together, we can change the weather and shorten the winter.