The Cycles of
Social Crises and Spiritual Awakening
in American History

Showing the Contemporary Generations & a Representatives from the Cohorts
Generational Cohorts
NurtureVector
SPIRITUAL AWAKENING
NurtureVector
SECULAR CRISIS
PRE-COLONIAL PERIOD
(1517-1539) (1580-1588)

Reformation

improving

Spanish Armada

 
 
COLONIAL CYCLE
(1621-1640) (1675-1692)
deteriorating

Puritan Awakening

improving

Glorious Revolution

Elder Cohort: (Europeans) PURITAN (Idealist)
Wm. Shakespeare Simon Bradstreet
Midlife Cohort: (Europeans) CAVALIER (Reactive)
John Donne Increase Mather
Rising Cohort: PURITAN (Idealist) GLORIOUS (Civic)
John Winthrop Cotton Mather
Youth Cohort: CAVALIER (Reactive) ENLIGHTENMENT (Adaptive)
Increase Mather Elisha Cooke, Jr.
 
 
REVOLUTIONARY CYCLE
(1734-1743) (1773-1789)
deteriorating

Great Awakening

improving

American Revolution

Elder Cohort: GLORIOUS (Civic) AWAKENING (Idealist)
James Blair Samuel Adams, Ben Franklin
Midlife Cohort: ENLIGHTENMENT (Adaptive) LIBERTY (Reactive)
Cadwallader Colden George Washington
Rising Cohort: AWAKENING (Idealist) REPUBLICAN (Civic)
Jonathan Edwards Thomas Jefferson
Youth Cohort: LIBERTY (Reactive) COMPROMISE (Adaptive)
George Washington Dolley Madison
 
 
CIVIL WAR CYCLE
(1822-1837) (1857-1865)
deteriorating

Transcendental Awakening

improving

Civil War

Elder Cohort: REPUBLICAN (Civic) COMPROMISE (Adaptive)
James Monroe James Buchanan
Midlife Cohort: COMPROMISE (Adaptive) TRANSCENDENTAL (Idealist)
Wm. Ellery Channing Abraham Lincoln
Rising Cohort: TRANSCENDENTAL (Idealist) GILDED (Reactive)
Ralph Waldo Emerson Ulysses S. Grant
Youth Cohort: GILDED (Reactive) PROGRESSIVE (Adaptive)
Louisa May Alcott Booker T. Washington
 
 
GREAT POWER CYCLE
(1886-1903) (1932-1945)
deteriorating

Missionary Awakening

improving

Great Depression & WWII

Elder Cohort: GILDED (Reactive) MISSIONARY (Idealist)
John D. Rockefeller Franklin Roosevelt
Midlife Cohort: PROGRESSIVE (Adaptive) LOST (Reactive)
Theodore Roosevelt Dwight Eisenhower
Rising Cohort: MISSIONARY (Idealist) G.I. (Civic)
Wm. Jennings Brian John Kennedy
Youth Cohort: LOST (Reactive) SILENT (Adaptive)
Harry Truman Sandra Day O'Connor
 
 
MILLENNIAL CYCLE
(1967-1980) (2015-2025??)
declining

Boom Awakening

improving

(civic crisis)

Elder Cohort: G.I. (Civic) BOOM (Idealist)
Warren
Midlife Cohort: SILENT (Adaptive) "X" (Reactive)
Mario Cuomo
Rising Cohort: BOOM (Idealist) MILLENNIAL (Civic)
Wm. Gates
Youth Cohort: "X"(Reactive) CYBER (Adaptive)
Jerry Seinfeld
 
 
Whatever the next crisis ... and there is sure to be one ... the folks in the last column here will be at the indicated stages of their lives when it happens (if the cycles hold up).
Most of my own generation will have silently shuffled off this mortal coil.
The Boomers will be elder ... (hopefully as statesmen and women), although I admit this is not the usual prediction.
The X Generation will be in the shank of their adulthood lives, probably in key positions of military command, government, media, religion, and industry. They are used to disappointment and making do. They are pragmatic, but they will be quite irritated at the legacy fobbed their way by Boomers.
The Millennials will take the reins in turn and carry out the national will. They will forge the political framework for the ensuing century.
The "Cybers," as I have taken the liberty to name them, will be greatly affected by whatever happens. They will have to "adapt" to a world gone round some corner on two wheels. If the Cyber generation runs true to form, it will incorporate something of the Enlightenment, Compromise, Progressive, and Silent Generations.

JB

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