“…We satisfy ourselves with symbolic gestures and celebrity circuses…”

“The miracle of today feels worse, in its fundamentals, than the one many of us remember from youth, a society presided over by those of supposedly lesser consciousness.Where ever we look, from L.A. to D.C., from Oklahoma City to Sun city, we see paths to a foreboding future. We yearn for civic character but satisfy ourselves with symbolic gestures and celebrity circuses. We perceive no greatness in our leaders, a new meanness in ourselves. Small wonder that each new election brings a new jolt, its aftermath a new disappointment.”

The Fourth Turning -An American Prophecy, p. 1, William Strauss and Neil Howe