The Zeitgeist of America
Earth Manifesto Insights
Tiffany B. Twain
Zeitgeist can be defined as the general intellectual, moral, and cultural state
of an era, the "spirit of an age". It is a kind of tenor of the times, a sort of essence of the
with any generality, the description of the Zeitgeist of a country at any particular
point in time involves an elusive and simplistic and subjective projection upon
enormous complexities. Generally it
takes historians decades to gain perspective that is good enough to adequately
define the Zeitgeist of a nation and its people.
it is interesting to try to visualize the perspective with which those in the
future will regard our actions today. How
will history view the opening decade of the 21st Century, when the United
States began transforming its post-Cold War superpower economic and military
supremacy into an aggressive, neo-conservative, inequality embracing, Big
Brother intrusive, preemptive-war supporting, neo-imperialistic regime?
will people in other countries and the future be impacted by America's culture,
its Hollywood films, its regressive political initiatives, its rapid
technological change, its embrace of religious traditionalism, its resource
wastefulness, and the cultivated growth in the disparity between rich and poor?
there are regional differences between Americans in the culture wars. There are particularly distinct contrasts
between the more educated and sophisticated urban areas and the more
God-fearing, government-suspicious, gun-owning rural areas.
will the attitudes influenced by the Big Business, the media, political spin,
religious extremists, neoconservatives and progressives play out in the world
several decades hence?
we be more pragmatic?
will a necessary "green" Zeitgeist evolve? Will it be through intelligent planning, or by default through
desperate shortages, conflict, and terrible changes in circumstances?
have been contemplating these ideas, and instead of elaborating on these ideas
here, I have written everything in Parts One, Two, Three and Four of the Earth
Manifest sice this Evolving Understanding was written. Check them out!!
Dr. Tiffany Twain