In advanced civilizations the period loosely called Alexandrian is usually associated with flexible morals, perfunctory religion, populist standards and cosmopolitan tastes, feminism, exotic cults, and the rapid turnover of high and low fads—in short, a falling away (which is all that decadence means) from the strictness of traditional rules, embodied in character and inforced from within. — Jacques Barzun
“Wherever we’re headed, America is evolving in ways most of us don’t like or understand. Individually focused yet collectively adrift, we wonder if we’re heading toward a waterfall. Are we?”
~ Strauss & Howe – The Fourth Turning
The article is lengthy, giving four phases of history repeating itself, or rather why we are in such a quagmire…you might find it interesting…
February 25, 2010
Jim Quinn is Senior Director of Strategic Planning at an Ivy League university. This article reflects his personal views, not necessarily representative of the views of his employer, and is not sponsored or endorsed by them.