The Fourth Turning: An American Prophecy - Chapter 2, Seasons of Time Summary & Analysis

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The second chapter delineates the idea of 'seasons of time,' illustrating cycles in history that Americans might learn more about what is in store for them. The chapter opens with the story of the tragic fate of the Etruscans, who knew that history was cyclical and were replaced by the Roman Empire, which was in turn replaced by Medieval Christianity. The Romans were fascinated by the Etrucan idea of the 'saeculum' or periodic cycle. This idea can be found within American culture as well. Americans continue to acknowledge a Christian cycle of death and rebirth every year. Throughout all major cultures and religious historical cycles are acknowledged. These cycles differ but follow several rules. First cycles are circular, which represent their 'perfect and unbreakable' repetition. Second, these circles are comprised of phases, practically always four of them. Third...

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