New normal is a phrase being tossed around a lot lately. I find it usually used to get the sheep in line. When the market crashed in 08, dolts like Susie Orman used it to explain to you why you should now work until you are 75 or 80 to retire. Proving that she was totally useless to anyone who had not already figured it out.
Today “new normal” seems designed to condition you to expect to be locked in your own home for at least a few years and that life has changed forever. Never mind that humanity has survived the black death, small pox, etc. and always returned to “normal”, this time a virus with a real death rate of .1% is different, go to your stall sheep!
Yet to me much of what people have called normal for a long time, doesn’t seem very, well, normal. I grew up in the 80s but in rural PA the adults there had built their entire lives and culture on what was “normal” in the 30s-50s, so to me, that became more normal. It is what America was like before “progress” and full urbanization and dependency. It was about 4 generations ago. Ever hear of the 4th turning? It sure seems like the final turn of the cycle “crisis” is occurring right now.
So when I say old normal in today’s show, I am not talking about yesterday, I am talking about yesteryear.
Join Me today to Discuss…
- The short version of The Fourth Turning
- I say it is much more simple, everything is just a cycle, shit happens and we deal with it my turnings are
- Dick Punch
- The other cycle to consider here
- Individuals move at their own speed in both cycles vs. society as a whole, we are all microcosms of the whole
- What was “normal” for me growing up
- Taking care of older neighbors
- Kids were highly independent by say 10-11 years old
- Kids had jobs, most people had side hustles
- Nothing useful was thrown away
- People knew how to fix things
- Staying away from large crowded places
- Hunting and foraging for food
- Cooking your own food
- Making your own things
- The weakness of high density cities and settlements
- Always “import” economies
- Always subject to shortage
- Never self sufficient
- Always parasitic
- Easy to scare, control, manipulate
- Small geographies that control large geographies and hence become resented then rebelled against
- Subject to mass epidemics/pandemics with little recourse
- Produce excessive waste
- Large exporters of pollution
- Entire economies are 90% or more service based, they produce little to nothing
- The true oldest story known to man, the plight of the hill people vs. the flat landers
- We won’t all return to this “old normal” but many were, this just accelerated it, as it has accelerated many things
- “Trends are never total”
- The songs of the past are always released as new cover version by new artists, everything is indeed a cycle
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- Smoking in the Boys Room – Motley Crue
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