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The Storm Before The Calm

Readers of this blog will not be surprised that I enjoy the study of geopolitics.

In early 2020 George Friedman’s new book The Storm before the Calm caught my eye. Purchasing and reading the book just as covid changed our world, I enjoyed Mr. Friedman’s insights so much that I signed up for his newsletter, Geopolitical Futures. His most recent post prompted me to ask for permission to repost the article here, in an effort to introduce my readers to one of our generation’s most insightful geopolitical thinkers.

Permission to repost here was granted by Mr. Friedman’s office. If you enjoy the post, I hope you will buy his book and subscribe to his newsletter.


 The Election and My Book – Where We Stand

Thoughts in and around geopolitics.


 George Friedman


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Short Word on the Next Twelve Months

This is Year-7 and “The Remission of Debts” is at the Feast of Tabernacles (Sukkot) next October. Remember, this is Cycle-6 of the Jubilee-Cycle in other words the Sixth 7-year segment of the 49 + 1 of the Jubilee 50-year Cycle.

Pay attention to the 50-year pattern these next few years, the 50-year will be the key to understanding our world. Look back 50, 100 and 150 years, and more if you can, for patterns and direction. Know the pattern, know the instruction.

Gather double in 6. Don’t expect manna in 7. The only way to make sense of that is to look at what happened in the past.  

I plan to post more details on this around Pentecost (Shavuot) as we wind down Cycle-6.


I have managed to riddle my way through the internet matrix of publishers and shipping websites to finally be able to offer “Know the Time Change Your World” for $9.99 on Amazon. See link here

It is now six years since  the book was published. I have few regrets, the book has many layers of meaning, the simplest being that each year has a different pattern or rhyme from the creation story of Genesis 1. However from time to time I find a reader who would have benefited greatly from the chart below. I came up with this visual after the book was published and I realized the third part of the book was not landing for many readers as I had hoped.


Each of the eight boxes on this chart represents seven years, or in total for all eight boxes, fifty-seven years from the second half of Genesis. The number in the upper left corner of each box corresponds to the pattern of a specific day of the creation story. This chart when used with the third part of “Know the Time Change Your World” helps explain how it was that Joseph knew the meaning of Pharaoh’s dreams.

This visual can also be used in the current environment. After we establish our current location in the 50-year cycle, we then have a pattern / rhyme for our current moment time. In other words, this tool can help us understand the patterns of current events from a biblical perspective.

One more important point. The last 40 years has given us some amazing 7-year events (Not coincidences in my opinion) However, because this appears to be the sixth 7-year cycle since the reset/Jubilee of 1979-1980, I highly recommend everyone pay close attention to the 50-year cycle. For example a study of the events 50, 100 and 150 years ago will reveal a rhyme for current situations. There is a reason this is very important over the next decade. I will try to write more on this down the road but do not focus solely on the Shemitah (7-year) be certain to notice the effect of the Jubilee (50-year) for the next few years. 


The secret things belong to the Lord our God, but the things revealed belong to us and to our children forever, that we may follow all the words of this instruction. Deuteronomy 29:29

The Lindy Effect

The Lindy Effect concept apparently has its roots resulting from comedians meeting at Lindy’s Diner in New York in the 1960’s trying to figure out how long TV shows would last. They eventually hit upon the idea that unlike real life were new born physical life tends live longer that mature adults. TV shows tend to live longer if they have been around a few years, while new shows tend to be canceled rather quickly.

In Nassim Taleb’s 2012 book Antifragile: Things That Gain from Disorder Mr. Taleb explicitly referred to his idea as the Lindy Effect, and incorporated it into his broader theory of the Antifragile.”

By using the term Antifragile, Taleb makes the case that something that gets stronger from stress is the opposite of fragile, rather than something that simply will not break under stress. In other words, a coffee mug that is antifragile would become stronger every time it was dropped rather than simply not break. Very few things in our world work this way but those that do should be pursued. Obviously, something that is stronger after being stressed will last a long time. In other words, it meets the criteria for the Lindy effect.

Mr.Taleb give us the following quote which took my brain immediately to the world’s best-selling book!

“If a book has been in print for forty years, I can expect it to be in print for another forty years. But, and that is the main difference, if it survives another decade, then it will be expected to be in print another fifty years. This, simply, as a rule, tells you why things that have been around for a long time are not “aging” like persons, but “aging” in reverse.”

Indeed, the Bible meets the Lindy effect criteria and I dare say the 7 and 50 rhymes the bible contains will make its adherents antifragile. Therefore, I would propose that the Bible is the ultimate in terms of the Lindy Effect, its enduring quality is without a doubt second to none. Used properly biblical instructions have the ability to make every aspect of our lives antifragile.  


“but when the sun grew hot” Exodus 16:21

With Shavuot /Pentecost behind us it is time to prepare for Year Seven. If you are one of the people who have experienced some kind of windfall or some type of manna from heaven in the last 6 months, the best advice I can give is gather quickly and humbly begin to prepare for what is next, think again about that biggest dream. Is this autumn the moment?



In the last post I suggested that we are living in the days of Genesis 31. Is there any doubt that Laban’s sons are not so happy with us? What knowledge has been acquired in the last 6 years? Is the family unit united? It may be time to stake the claim, to move to that new situation. It may be time to risk the known for the possible, the comfortable for the dream of a lifetime.

Will a door swing open? If it does will we be ready? Be wise, be bold, be brave and most of all be humble.

If you are coming to Revive stop by my book table, I look forward to seeing each of you.

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Let’s Talk About “SIX”

It’s no secret, I think we are in “YEAR SIX” of the “SIXTH 7-YEAR CYCLE”. If you scroll around this website or read my book you will figure out why that is the case. To have this conversation almost requires a new language or mind set.


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How about that for a Year Five?

Last Fall Audrey and I spent 28 days in Israel. We marched in the Parade of Nations in Jerusalem during Feast of Tabernacles, we hiked the Akrabim Ascent also known as the Scorpion’s pass and volunteered at Biblical Tamar Park serving others traveling in Israel.

The trip was somewhat of a 60th birthday present to myself and I had a sense that the Year Five just then beginning was significant.

I had a chance to speak to a tour group at Biblical Tamar Park and my advice to them was that the upcoming Year Five will be dangerous, be alert and take care of your relationships. I had no idea how accurate those words would sound a year later.

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Chaos and Virus, 50 and 100 years Ago


Fifty years ago, in the spring of 1970 the stable American life of the post-World War Two was being shattered by Vietnam War protests on college campuses all across the land. Culminating with the shooting at Kent State where 4 students died in a National Guard fiasco that still wrinkles brows to this day.




100 years ago we had race riots and the red scare (Russia had just become the Soviet Union) and the world was just recovering from the influenza pandemic of 1918-19; which killed 40 million people, including 675,000 Americans.

So here we are March 2020.

The market crashed, and the world is in a panic about a virus and on a personal level my father passed away unexpectedly. Welcome to early spring of Year 5 of Shemitah Cycle 6.

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Seven Opportunities for Innovation

Last year for one reason or another (I cannot recall why) I picked up a copy of Peter Drucker’s book Innovation and Entrepreneurship. I was amazed when I found this title to the second chapter, “Purposeful Innovation and the Seven Sources for Innovative Opportunity”.

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It’s in Your Grandmother’s Bible

Old does not equal obsolete! Many ancient ideas are of great value. Some of those ideas have been ignored so long that they have been forgotten completely by most of humanity. It is now clear that this ignorance has yielded great losses and even worse this oversight has cost us many opportunities for creativity, progress and generosity.  

This website uses Bible, Business and History to better inform our decision making . I bring in my spiritual life and thoughts with some trepidation as one of the things I value greatly in life is credibility. It must be recognized  that many hucksters and less than honorable persons have used their so-called faith to gain the trust of naive individuals however, it is also fair to point out that we live in a society which scorns religious hypocrisy to such a degree that many times our culture has become scornful of true faith as well.

I will leave it up to you dear reader to decide what camp to put me in, just know this; it would be easier to keep these opinions to myself. However, in order to have a clear conscience before my Creator I am posting these ideas based on the ancient sources.  Let it be known that I did what I could to inform my generation of his amazing patterns and that these patterns have the ability to improve lives and increase creativity.

Last year I told a business group that if these ideas had been found in Mayan temple in South America our modern media would hold this information in high regard but since it is in your grandmother’s bible it’s thought of little value.

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