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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 EIGHTEEN

Uses of the Pendulum

In an Upswing of “Me,” we quote Henry David Thoreau, that great individualist of Walden who said, “If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away.”

We think, Oh, yes. It’s so meaningful! I will march to the beat of a different drummer. I will be my own person. I’m unique. I’m special. And by all that is holy, L’Oréal is right. I’m worth it! I have value. I’m a winner.

Motivational speakers get wealthy during a “Me.” Do you remember the popularity of positive thinking in the 1980s? The ...

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