Hard Times Create Strong Men

The Fourth Turning

By Ray Wilson

I was on my weekly visit to see my dad and my brother Rich, and we were talking about our aunt Sally.

Sally is a martyr to her legs; she has always suffered with them since she was a child. She puts it down to being almost bombed out of her pram in the London blitzes. That and very poor nutrition did it for her, but somehow she passed her eleven plus, made it to grammar school, and got a hush hush job at the Home Office. Despite her difficult upbringing and diminutive stature of just over 4 feet 6 inches, she persevered and excelled in her career. Her resilience and determination are truly admirable. She thinks of herself as a victim in many ways, perhaps as a war child born in crisis and needing protection.

“The “fourth turning”,” Rich chimes in.

“I am not sure I follow,” I say, perplexed.

“The crisis period is winter,” Rich explains and continues: “It’s like the seasons of nature mapped onto a human life; so you have the four seasons of nature, the four seasons of a human life, but also the seasons of history.”

“I am confused; what’s this got to do with Sally?”

Rich goes on to say that The Fourth Turning is a book that explores the cyclical patterns of history and how that shapes people—generations of people. There are four “turnings” that each last 20–25 years.

The first turning, the “High” period, was characterised by optimism, stability, and confidence in institutions The second turning is the “Awakening” period, characterised by social upheaval, rebellion against the status quo, and a desire for spiritual or moral renewal. The third turning is the “unravelling” period, characterised by cynicism, individualism, and a breakdown of institutions. The fourth turning is the “crisis”

period, characterised by urgency, collective sacrifice, and a focus on rebuilding institutions and restoring social order.
“Okay, got it,” I say. “Sally was born into a crisis (WW2), and 80 to 100 years later, history repeats itself.”
“Great, so we are entering the crisis period, the bleak winter.” “Who would have guessed?”
My brother Rich is awake; my other brother, not so much, and this was a conversation I couldn’t have with him.

Rich and I have a bit of banter, and it gets heated from time to time. He trusts the government a tad more than me, so not that much. Rich believes the truth will come out in the end. People are desperate to share their experiences during these last three years and are fighting actively to get recognition. Until the MSM admits it is under government control and admits it was paid to lie, until it admits those conspiracy theorists were right, it won’t be over. I believe hell will first freeze over. Others, for many reasons, want to “move on.”

“Sally told me that Grandma, who was born in the run-up to WWI, had a hard life. She had to pay if ever a doctor was needed for the children; sometimes they couldn’t afford it.”
“One time she almost died of pneumonia; she lay in bed and refused to let the doctor be summoned because she knew that they wouldn’t be able to pay the bill.”

“That’s happening now—one hundred quid a month, I hear,” Rich laughed.
She had an extended winter with “The Great Slump.” An engineered stock market crash in 1929 and the collapse of the banking system had far-reaching consequences, including increased unemployment and poverty, leading to social unrest and political radicalism. It ended with the onset of World War II, leading to a rapid expansion of employment and economic activity.

Grandad was a London cabbie in the forties and fifties and loved a bet on the horses.
“He had his ear to the ground, I bet.” “He had some great stories to tell about the city and its people.”

“One Saturday, he came home with a horse and kept it in the back garden until he got it stabled.” “I remember Sally telling us about the incident,” Rich laughed. ”The only way to the garden was through the house.”

“Sally said Grandma hated him doing that, the betting, even though he had some big wins—I mean, some really big wins.”

If we are currently in the fourth turning, which began around the turn of the millennium, and if it is likely to continue for another decade or so. According to the predictions, this period will be marked by major crises and upheavals as the existing social, economic, and political institutions struggle to cope with new challenges and pressures. These crises could include economic collapse, geopolitical conflict, environmental disasters, or other major shocks to the system. An orchestrated chain of events, and it’s the bigger picture we are manipulated into not seeing. If we merely question the illogical actions of governments, we are called racists or far right. The school playground taunts and name calling work every time; it’s just that this time, it’s our government thats the bully. The masses have fallen for the trickery of the “globalists” throughout history, and farming communities across the world are being destroyed as human osmotic pressure builds up.

“Nobody seems to notice or care.”

“This is not a coincidence,” I say.

“The push and pull of migration has always occurred,” Rich points out.

“Mostly military aged males?” I say. “It’s clearly a replacement strategy that’s going on; it’s a controlled collapse. It’s history repeating itself. Look at Mao; I don’t believe half of what we are told,” I continued. “In 1950s China, surplus labour in the countryside and unfilled jobs in China’s cities that offer wages that are low by urban standards but high by rural standards set in motion an internal migration, believed to involve millions and possibly 70 to 100 million internal migrants. The plan was to abolish private ownership.”

“Not so ‘happy owning nothing,’” suggests Rich. “All households were forced into state-operated communes, and all their stuff was nicked by the government.”

In the late fifties, Mao launched the Four Pests Campaign, which aimed to eliminate rats, flies, mosquitoes, and sparrows. Sparrows, in particular, were targeted because they were believed to eat grain. However, the campaign had “unintended consequences,” as it also led to the destruction of sparrows’ nests and eggs, which allowed insect populations to grow unchecked. This resulted in a plague of locusts that devastated crops and further contributed to food shortages. I would contest that the outcome of these policies could be easily predicted; therefore, their implementation was by design—the old “problem, reaction, solution” ploy.
Look at tyrannical regimes throughout history; even the sanitised version tells us all we need to know. Look at the weaponization of migration. It is clear that these policies, implemented by countless regimes, had devastating consequences, including food shortages and the destruction of ecosystems. The weaponization of migration is another example of how governments—or those that pull their strings—can use policies to achieve their goals, even if it comes at the expense of human rights.

So the “play book,” if that’s what it is, is immutable. Is that what we are saying?
Rich doesn’t subscribe to the depopulation agenda, although he hasn’t had the jab. He believes that people just wouldn’t do it and kill their fellow humans. Rich, you wouldn’t do it; I wouldn’t do it; but these psychopaths would—just look at history. In WWI, a war that was mired in mud, disease, and blood—a meat grinder—the lads were just “cannon fodder,” as Grandma said. Don’t get me started on the Spanish flu, which wasn’t Spanish, wasn’t a flu, and didn’t really start to kill people until they rolled out the “vaccination programme.” In the old photographs taken at the time, people were queuing with their masks on. Did history repeat itself in 2020?
So it’s always the remnant, not the masses, that abide and endure through the extended winter. The remnants are the ones that need to be encouraged, as they are the ones that, in the end, will build the new society.

The old saying goes something like this: “Hard times create strong men; strong men create good times; good times create weak men; and weak men create hard times.”

Throughout history, many civilizations have risen and fallen, leaving behind their legacy and influencing the course of human development. From the ancient Maya to the Roman Empire, these once-great societies have collapsed for various reasons, including environmental factors, economic problems, social unrest, and military conflicts. While this is true on one level, we need to be aware of the globalist elites. It has always been so; they have always been players in the game, in different guises at different times. They manipulate wars, engineer plagues, and orchestrate food shortages to ensure beneficial outcomes for them and only for them.
I think that we are all here for a reason, and we all wish, at some point in our lives, that it were not so.

We all have choices. We can accept the challenge and do what we know is right, or we can decline it. All our choices have consequences.

So, have I gotten this right? Is history truly our guide to the future? Are we reading too much into the “fourth turning”?

Hard times create strong men is a timeless reminder of the resilience and strength of the human spirit. It speaks to our ability to overcome adversity and grow stronger as individuals and communities. While we may face many challenges in the years ahead, we can take comfort in the knowledge that we have the skills, knowledge, and resilience needed to overcome them and emerge stronger on the other side.

“How are Sally’s legs?” asked Rich.

“Pretty much the same; she asked me if I thought there would be another war. I told her I didn’t know, but if the globalists had their way, it was likely.”

Sally replied: “I came in with a bang, and it looks like I will be going out the same way.”