In April I reviewed The Fourth Turning by the same authors. I give this book more space in order to explain more fully the nature of these books (This is actually the fourth book). The “Millennials” are the generation after the GenXers. They are actually Boomer’s kids who last year (hence the name “Millennials”) entered college. Howe and Strauss see these as the “Hero Generation” which cycles through in four “turnings” of 80-90 year “generations.” They also see them facing a coming crisis within this decade or early in the next. This “crisis” historically has been a world conflict of some kind (these same things have been observed by famous historians such as Arnold Toynbee, Crevecoeur, and Roche) and this generation has always been uniquely prepared to meet the challenge. Last month’s Atlantic Monthly did a lengthy article titled “The Organization Kids” which builds on the same premise. These kids are different than their indulgent GenXer predecessors in that they are a no-nonsense, polite, bright (morally neutral) generation who believe that the spoils of the world to come are theirs for the taking. The warning: “When the crisis comes, its harshness could explode across young lives . . . that have never known a war requiring any significant sacrifice.” Read The Fourth Turning, then this!
Natural DisastersAugust 31, 2017
A number of interesting natural and unnatural things have happened in the last few days. We have seen an amazing solar eclipse which happens only a couple times in most people’s life time. Some people go too far on one side making such an eclipse a biblical sign from God, and others go too far […]
Human Nature, America, and the ChurchApril 29, 2017
America and, therefore, the Christian church are experiencing an upheaval unique to the present age but unlike any phenomenon in recent history. Cultural watchers have described it as post-Christian, post-modern, post-morality, slouching toward Gomorrah, God is dead, and also with Biblical terminology such as the great apostasy, the one-world church, the harlot of Revelation, etc. […]
Corrupting Good MannersApril 1, 2016
Be not deceived: evil communications corrupt good manners. 1 Corinthians 15:33 I have written at least three previous times about manners1 as many have done who grew up in the turbulent ‘60s when the civilities of society were turned on their head. It was John Silber, past President of Boston University, who […]