generations

Fast changes

This week and the next I am in an intensive class. One day this week the professor pointed out how many things have changed in society within the last 50 years, and how the rate of change has become shorter. He said this in the context of the process of institutionalization, which is a cycle where man and women become reformers, then they create a movement, after some time the movement becomes a machine and then a monument. At this point a new reformer will stand up and the process begins again. Every time the people breaking out of the institution swear they will never end up there, but history shows that they will. The only difference: formerly the cycle took 80-100 years, nowadays it is only 40-50 years.