No one can claim that 2020 wasn’t the most unusual year they have experienced! In attempting to understand all that has been going on, I found a presentation by John Hope Bryant to be the most calming for me. Mr. Bryant is an entrepreneur and philanthropist as well as a trusted advisor to many high level leaders in government and industry.
A recent presentation provided through Northampton Community College of his work aided in helping me understand what seemed to be happening. Everything cycles and for the U.S., our cycles have been 80 to 100 years in the past. 80 years would have exceeded most people’s lifespan; therefore, the “knowledge” of those turbulent times was lost. As with most things today, this cycle has speeded up. We are now seeing a cycle that embraces 50 – 80 years. What might have cycled by 2050 based in the past, hit in 2020, most likely because of the pandemic and the digital disruption.
So although my concern about “what is this world coming to” has been been toned down with less panic,I now understand that we, here in the US, have been at these crossroads before – 1850s, 1950s; and we still perserved and maintained our democracy. We will get through these crazy times.
My hope is that when the pendulum swings back, it can stop in the middle for awhile so we can catch our breath, letting us realize that tomorrow is a new day!