I have a 10 pg essay due tomorrow at 5pm, of which I've written approximately 3-4 pgs, so naturally I'm wasting time on wikipedia.
Anyway, here's the link.
-Generations cycle and each generational cycle has different archetypal members: The artist, The prophet, The hero, and The nomad. Each of these cycles is roughly 20 years.
-Beyond that, history cycles in four general periods or "turnings": The high, the awakening, the crisis, and the unraveling. Each of these periods is similarly 20 years long.
The generation to which I belong, generation Y, is a Hero generation. The greats of the people born in my generation (1980ish-2000ish) are supposed to be remembered for their military accomplishments and their political achievements. Our societal contributions are community, affluence, and technology. People born in my generation include JFK, Reagan and Jefferson.
The previous "Hero" generation was known as the Greatest generation.
The "turning" in which we are in is "the Crisis". We just emerged from an "unraveling" turning.
The "crisis turning" is characterized by an effort to rebuild the country in response to it's impeding collapse..that is, to prevent a crisis.
Pretty interesting stuff, I'd say.
The last "crisis turning" began with the crash of the stock market and peaked with the end of world war two.
The financial markets all over the west don't seem to be doing too well. Sure, it's not "a great depression"..more a "significant recession". I hate to be ominous...but, history does repeat itself, right?