2001 was also the year of the September 11th Muslim attacks on American commercial, political and military symbols, the destruction of the Twin Towers in New York City being the most devastating of these attacks. This attack symbolically marked the end of the 18-year economic expansion of Western Civilization (the ideal of the ‘individual’ and the triumph of ‘private’ enterprise) that began with Ronald Reagan’s capitalist revolution in 1983. Day-Cycles exemplify ‘private enterprise’, and focus on individual gain, individual activity; Night-cycles exemplify ‘social enterprise’, and focus on group survival, group activity. The individual is submerged in the group. The Fire element (the Sun) is submerged in the Water element (the Moon). The Day-Cycle is fiery (Mental); the Night-Cycle is Watery (Emotional).
The period of 1983-2001 marked the 18-year period of economic expansion that followed the 18 year period of economic stagflation from 1965-1983, during which time America endured both high unemployment and high inflation, a flat investment market on Wall Street, and the spiritual death experience emblematic of the Counter-Culture movement, as the civil rights rebellion, the war in Vietnam and the general anti-Capitalist flavor of the period cast doubt on the purity of America’s history, exposing racial atrocity, economic bullying, and militaristic terrorism in Asia and Latin America. Clearly, this period produced the deflation of the American Ego – self-accusation, social fragmentation and polarization, civil disaffection and even armed conflict against the white, male power structure.
Ego expansion, inflation, requires and assumes social unity, either through a shared sense of danger, or through the enforced conformism – and through the shared doctrine of ‘individual responsibility’. Ego contraction, deflation, produces a climate of social division that threatens the government, the ruling class, and the economic hierarchy of the civilization: the very fabric of the society becomes torn.
This is where we are headed, straight into social division, polarization between the haves and have-nots, anger at the government and their masters in the Ruling Class (mostly white, mostly men) perhaps revolution. This disintegration will continue until around 2019, when the negative energy of the deflation period (‘emptying out’) will give way to the more positive energy of the inflation experience (‘filling up’).
Period A. 2001 – 2019: Night Cycle Deflation, Social Fragmentation, Chaos
Period B. 1983 – 2001: Day Cycle Inflation, Higher forms of Organization
Period C. 1965 – 1983: Night Cycle Deflation, Social Fragmentation, Chaos
Period D. 1947 – 1965: Day Cycle Inflation, higher forms of Organization
Period E. 1929 – 1947: Night Cycle Deflation, Social Fragmentation, Chaos
Period F. 1911 – 1929: Day Cycle Inflation, higher forms of Organization
Period G. 1893 – 1911: Night Cycle Deflation, Social Fragmentation, Chaos
Period H. 1875 – 1893: Day Cycle Inflation, higher forms of Organization
Period I. 1857 – 1875: Night Cycle Deflation, Social Fragmentation, Chaos
Period J. 1839 – 1957: Day Cycle Inflation, higher forms of Organization
Period K. 1821 – 1839: Night Cycle Deflation, Social Fragmentation, Chaos
Period L. 1803 – 1821: Day Cycle Inflation, higher forms of Organization
Period M. 1785 – 1803: Night Cycle Deflation, Social Fragmentation, Chaos
Period N. 1767 – 1785: Day Cycle Inflation, higher forms of Organization
The reader will see that the periods of deflation do include periods of social fragmentation, polarization and chaos, civil war, periods of class warfare and periods of economic depression. Periods of inflation (ego-inflation, not necessarily monetary inflation) include a return to national roots, a baptism, a washing clean of the sins of the past (a drinking from the River Lethe in the sense of the Greek Myth, a suspension of accusatory Memory), often a threat to national security and the resurrection of the Father Figure image – and a reawakening of religious imagery, embedded in symbols of Old Testament ‘chosen’ people imagery.
Put in the local vernacular, Ego-deflation Night-Cycles empower the Indian persona from American history. Ego-inflation Day-Cycles empower the Cowboy persona from American history. The ‘Indian’ is tribal (group-oriented), lunar, horizontal in orientation – animated by the imagistic dream content – and by the ethic of equality. The ‘Cowboy’ is individualistic, solar, vertical in orientation – climbing the ladder in search of objective recognition – animated by the scientific ‘real world’ of causality and engineering, city-building, active god-like behavior, and by the ethic of freedom.
It is this active, god-like behavior – pride, or the Greek idea of Hubris – that causes Adam and Eve to fall from the pure state of Paradise and to be cast into darkness (death, illness, decline, depression), which is the essence of the Night-Cycle of Ego Deflation, as the human being suddenly awakens to his own limitations, his own mortality, his own inability to stem the tide of the collapse through the old Cowboy logic of hard work, will power, and positive thinking – that is, of exclusion of the shadow, the negative energy, from the picture, creating the illusion of unity, a unity of parts.
Pubic spending won’t fix the decline; engineers can’t curb the collapse; politicians can’t talk or cheer their way out of the reality of the contraction. Nothing but time (18 years) can resurrect the dead power-source and inflate the ideals of civilization again.
The book looks more closely at these different periods of expansion and decline.
In this book, I will also look more closely at the 18 year cycle as it fits a 4-season cycle as a paradigm of historical development, a schema that owes something to both Gambatitsta Vico and Oswald Spengler.
This image represents a visual system of History’s stages – and applies to 18-year cycles and to historical life cycles in a more general sense.
History begins in a love of God, then transforms into a love of the world (of men), then returns to a love of God is three major steps, through four major personas or guardians. Black Giant (Nature, Dark Ages, Space: Midnight); Renaissance Man (First Middle Ages, Dawn); White Giant (Man, Empiricism, Time, Noon); Revolutionary Romantic Man (Second Middle Ages, Dusk).
This process will be examined quite thoroughly in the book that follows.
The Day-Cycle is essentially an idealization of the Masculine Principle. The Night-Cycle is an idealization of the Feminine Principle. The Day-Cycle idealizes physical strength, wealth, body, athletic ability, business acumen, heroism, military skills, mathematics, technology, construction abilities, religious discipline, the moral principle of Power or Freedom. The Night-Cycle idealizes love, thought, mind, spirituality, poetry, art, philosophy, mythology, religious mysticism, the moral principle of Love or Equality.
During Night-Cycles, men tend to grow their hair long and dress and act more like women.
During Day-Cycles, women tend to cut their hair short and dress and act more like men.
To everything there is a season.
A draft of 'Turn Out the Lights' can be found at the link below: