Exploring the Eddies:
How to make sense of the Turmoil
That's Rocking Our World
I have bad news and good news. First the bad: Yes, there are many deeply disturbing cultural problems—rampant incivility, race-based hate groups, unchecked corporate greed, violent acts of terrorism—swirling all around us. Now for the good: These phenomena are temporary eddies, whirlpools of resistance to the massive wave of cultural change we’re currently experiencing.
We’re living at a time of crossing. The old wave is declining, and the new wave is ascending, and as they come together, they create turbulence, which in turn gives birth to eddies—reactive counterflows that can slow but not stem the new tide.
Figure 1.1 . Two Waves
Once you realize the world really isn’t going to hell in the proverbial hand basket—that this difficult time will pass and things will improve—it’s much easier to live with a sense of serenity and acceptance in a time of cultural sea change.
Thriving in the Crosscurrent describes three basic types of eddies. And each has various manifestations—forms of resistance to one of the major values of the newer wave.