14 Points from the Book “Our Home” and a speech by Dr. Oliver Van DeMille
Imagine a peaceful life around you, even when the world is in turmoil. Imagine your family close to you, and doing what they need to do, to keep things going during a difficult time in history. Imagine working with others in your community so no one goes without. Imagine building a great life, with more meaning than ever before.
How? As we have been discussing different cycles of history, we can look to the last time we had a difficult cycle, and learn from it. The book “Our Home” by C. E. Sargent, was written in 1899 and is available on-line as an e-book, or purchased for your regular reading pleasure. Purchase book We gain insight into our future, by looking at our past.
Here are 14 things that you and your family can begin to do now. There are many others, but here is a place to start. This will require a change from 2nd or 3rd turning thinking, into 4th turning thinking. And you might as well shift, because we are in a 4th Turning. Are you ready? (if you need more information on the turnings click here and here )
1. Embrace the new and the now: We are not in an economic crisis, this is the new economy. Forget old goals, write new goals, including relationship goals, finances, and happiness.
2. Evenings and Sundays with family: 3rd turning was all about entertaining ourselves 7 days a week. It is time to simplify and spend time with the people you love around you building things, making plans, and learning. Besides, you probably can’t afford to do all the things you used to do.
3. Self-culture: This is opposed to pop-culture. High school is where you try to fit in, and our society has extended that culture into adulthood. It is time to be great with who we are on the inside and not try to impress anyone. Decide who you want to be, who you want to help, and be happy.
4. Individual rules for life: Create your own set of standards to live by, your own rules that you will keep for life, regardless of what others are doing.
5. Raise adults: During 2nd turnings we raise accountants, lawyers, doctors, engineers. During 3rd turnings we raise children. These are individuals who never grow up and take on responsibility. They are the epitome of failure to launch. 4th and 1st turnings are all about growing up and taking life on. The 4th turning mindset is about having accountability and responsibility for our lives.
6. Meaning: Everything in a 4th turning will take on meaning. Your trials, hardships, joys, and challenges will take on meaning, and we need to look for it during a 4th turning. Read “The Hiding Place” for the meaning in the fleas.
7. Widows, orphans, grandparents, children, sick, unhappy: During 2nd and 3rd turnings these are service projects every once in a while. During 4th and 1st turnings these become our life. We will truly care for others and seek to fill their needs. This will not be government forced charity, but actual charity, without pay, without reward, without recognition.
8. Marriage: The central focus in a 4th and 1st turning is marriage. Children will be vital and important to the 4th and 1st turnings, but their relationship will be secondary to the relationship with your spouse. You will find meaning in your spousal relationship on a much higher level.
9. Initiative Education: During 2nd turnings we give job training. During 3rd turning we teach job skills. During 4th and 1st turnings we teach initiative. The work ethic is re-born, and the people that will keep jobs in these turnings will be the ones with strong work-ethic and a initiative to act on their own. This also includes thinking outside the box and doing things against the standard. This includes: Education alternatives such as charter schools, private schools, and homeschooling. Medical alternatives such as chiropractors, acupuncture, herbal cures, and vitamins. Downshifting alternatives such as leaving a high paying job to move out of the city, one parent leaving work to stay home with the kids, simplifying life. If you need more education here is the best place to get it as an adult. Monticello College. No matter where you are in the country, their distance courses can help you. But be prepared, these are transformational classes, not just informational.
10. Entrepreneurship: During a 2nd turning people think that means you can’t get anyone to hire you. During a 3rd turning it means getting rich as fast as possible, retiring, and relaxing. During a 4th turning, it means you create something useful that employs others, that lives on, so you can create wealth, and fulfill your personal mission. (more on personal missions in another post). For more information on how to be an entrepreneur go to our article on 3 Things We Need for Freedom to Win.
11. Produce Wealth: During a 2nd turning this means you get a steady job and save money. During a 3rd turning it means you invest your money and get rich. During a 4th turning you recognize the needs of others and you recognize the need for society to rebuild itself. Then you can create a product, service, or organization to fill those needs, while providing for your family, and creating wealth to continually help society.
12. Creativity & Inventiveness: Be creative in ways to get wealth. Be creative in your frugality. A great place to start is this blog on money http://www.themoneymuse.blogspot.com/
13. Resiliency: Bounce back. Our country has been known for it’s resiliency as a nation. We will need to be a resilient individual. Look for reasons to get back up and start over. It’s no time for a pity party. It’s time to act. Pick yourself up, assist in picking up your neighbor. Don’t allow yourself to wallow. It will be hard, but it will get better, especially if you make that decision. This is known as zero point. A great place to read about that is here: http://nicktsmith.wordpress.com/2008/10/03/operating-from-zero-point/
14. Ambition: In a 3rd turning if you were ambitious, you were a go-getter that moved up in the corporate world to obtain wealth. In a 4th turning, ambition will mean the ambition to do the right thing, and make sure good wins. It will be having the ambition to have public virtue. Public virtue is difficult to understand coming from a 3rd turning perspective, but it is vital to the success of a 4th and 1st turning. A good example of doing the right thing for the sake of right is the example of many merchants in our founding era. When the British came to take their supplies, they had a few choices. They could sell their supplies and get gain, they could abandon their supplies and the British would still take them, or they could burn their entire shop to the ground, so the British would not have access to their supplies. They chose the latter of the three choices. That was public virtue.
FREEDOM CAN WIN!