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Pendulum: How Past Generations Shape Our Present and Predict Our Future by Michael Drew, Roy Williams

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CHAPTER TEN

1943–1953:The First Half of the Downswing of “We”

Chin up, head high, and proud, we encourage one another to “do the right thing” during the Downswing of “We,” but we are also weary and worn. It is a time of duty, obligation, and sacrifice. Regimentation has replaced inspiration, process smothers innovation, and policy precludes personal judgment.

The Downswing of a “We” is when we exhale from the emotional exhaustion that comes from trying so very hard to be “good.”

Pulled by the gravity of the Moon, the rise and fall of the tide is a reliable phenomenon in every large body of water on our planet. Likewise, the social trends the Pendulum ...

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