Guest host John B. Wells welcomed historian and speaker Neil Howe, who discussed his work on generations, as well as the twenty year cycle of crisis now facing the U.S.
He identified different types of generations that tend to repeat in the same order, shaping American history. Each generation turns a corner, correcting and compensating for the previous generation, he said.
Howe described the currently living generations and some of their traits:
Society also goes through four repeated cycles or "turnings," that each last for around twenty years, Howe outllined. Currently we are about to enter the "fourth turning," a time of crisis and upheaval. While this period can be destructive, new solutions that lead to a better world are also possible.
Note: Howe's writing partner of 20 years, and previous C2C guest, William Strauss passed away on December 18th. An obituary is posted here.
First hour guest, author Roy Abraham Varghese spoke about his transformation from an atheist to a believer in God. Our consciousness can only be explained by a transcendent source, he explained.
Bumper music from Thursday December 20, 2007