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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 THIRTEEN

1973–1983: The Upswing of “Me” Reaches Its Limit

The second half of an Upswing of “Me” is when the new values adopted during the six-year transitionary window have so fully permeated our society that we become largely unaware of their influence. The happy, bouncy purity of “being true to yourself” has begun to degenerate into a contest over who is the most unique.

When we’re not being symbolic and cryptic in a “Me,” we’re singing sappy-happy songs and jingles about “apple trees and honey bees and snow-white turtledoves.” Do you remember Jonathan Livingston Seagull?

The following are the best-selling books of 1973 according to ...

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