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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 NINETEEN

Pendulum in the Bible

Moses was forty years old when he tried to lead Israel out of Egypt with the strength of his own arm. He failed in this effort, then ran like a little girl from the anger of Pharaoh. But who can blame him for trying? He was, after all, the only Israelite who had been raised in the palace under the protection of Pharaoh’s daughter. “I’m unique. I’m special. I was born for this,” he thought. Moses at forty 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 ...

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