When I write about the Zeitgeist, or spirit of the age, it is frequently in the context of my favorite theory of social cycles, the generational or turnings theory of William Strauss and Neil Howe. In this theory there are recurring social eras, each characterized by a particular mood, depending on whether the individual or group is elevated, institutions are strengthening or weakening, and more. There’s a bit to it, and the best way to learn about it is just to read the books by the authors.
Their web site is here: The Fourth Turning.
Here is a summary that I wrote for an old blog: Background on Generational Theory.
You may have come across this theory recently, because it is now associated with the current U.S. administration, thanks to a particular advisor’s interest in it. Here author Neil Howe discusses this matter: Where did Steve Bannon get his worldview? From my book.
Here’s a brief interview as well: The book that shaped Steve Bannon’s worldview.
I post this in case it helps with understanding my language, since I tend to look at life through this particular, uh, Weltanschauung.