the Shape of History to Come

Or, why not this? It’s as good as anything else.

The riff on the Shape of History so far:

The shape of history, the more recent events can be both easier and more difficult to see, due to perspective and being immersed in this whole mess. But it feels (as I’m belabouring) as if for the first time we’re entering a phase of history aware of the shape of the phase. Like being carried along by an ocean current and seeing the huge swell ahead. We can anticipate it, and move with it, or against it, or across it, or any and all combinations. I like to find visual metaphors to organize ideas about time, and as circles are the essence of cyclical systems, here they are again. The small white circles represent Years. They are organized ibto groups of 4 (the Leap Year period), and these into groups of 20. Each 20-Year period is numbered in the image below.

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Stages of the Wave of History:

20-Year
Period

in Brief

Interpretation

0-2

Define Define ideals, 0, values.

3-5

Design Design a system that facilitates ideals in action.

6

Shine the Golden Age

7-9

Refine Refine what was done and encode in culture.

10-12

Resign Resign this period to its place in history.

I put us at Year 4 (Dec 21 2016-Dec 20 2017) of Period 0.
[N.B. A name for these 20 Year periods would be helpful. I had thought of them as generations (i.e. from birth to adulthood), however, that’s not entirely apt either. Suggestions are welcome.]

Each 20-Year Period (sigh) can be organized as 5 periods of 4 Years (designated by the Leap Year Day). If we decide to do that, an odd number can always have a pinnacle, such that the five periods of 4 years could be seen along the same organizing principle, define, design, shine, refine, resign. Each as a means of moving forward towards that Golden Age, when we get to see what exactly it was we had set into motion.

The shape of the wave of history follows the shape of so many other aspects of our lives: the change in sunlight from day to night, season to season; the waving and waning of the moon; cycles of life; cycles of water; etc. We see this same pattern in other parts of the world that it is only natural that we follow it, wittingly or no. I’ve posted about it extensively.

Of course, this is also our nature. We tend to look at the world from a particular perspective. There are many options available to us through any number of combinations of local customs, religions, histories, fads, etc. The best example I’ve come across to illustrate this, is the following optical illusion:

You can look at this one way and see a duck, or you can look at it another way and see a rabbit. You can even switch from seeing one to the other, however, you can’t see both at once. This is a simplification of the lens of culture, although instead of duck-rabbit, the choices are any animal you can imagine.

So, the shape of history future is more like a rabbit, whereas the shape of history past is more like a duck.

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