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Underlying the idea of microtrends is that there is rarely a single right way to do things  —  and that similar people may make very different choices and start two totally contradictory trends.  And yet both of those decisions can be totally rational.
    —    Mark J. Penn
Quoted from “Microtrends” by Mark J. Penn with E. Kinney Zalesne
[Chaos Theory and Complexity all rolled into one, big, happy, human experience called LIFE…   —   KMAB]
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Of course, congregational membership is not to be confused with truth.  All of the world’s great religions started small.  So while a denomination’s fall in membership may say a lot about what the people want, many would argue it doesn’t say anything about what God wants, or about what congregants will want over time.  The cold statistics now show that this new class of women clergy is having a tough time, as the stricter religions are growing and the liberalized religions are shrinking.  But this pendulum has swung many times before, and the role of religion today in so many of the world’s conflicts may cause a reaction against religious polarization, and then Stained Glass Ceiling Breakers may be the pioneers of a new movement poised to become the mainstream of modern religion.  Consensus and compassion may be on the outs right now, but they are bound to make a comeback.
    —    Mark J. Penn
Quoted from:  “Microtrends” by Mark J. Penn with E. Kinney Zalesne
[The idea of “Stained Glass Ceiling Breakers” reminded me of “The DaVinci Code“.  Bold prediction time:  Women in the Catholic priesthood is just a matter of time.  Keep the faith, ladies.    —    KMAB]
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If everything is up for self-determination — from gender to religion to expectations about marriage — then there can be no unity, no community, no single America, no universal peoplehood.
Well, there probably never was as much national unity as mythologizers like to remember.  This is a nation that has always spoken hundreds of languages.  This is a nation that fought a civil war over the enslavement of one-third of its people.  Indeed, the most famous and celebrated of the The Federalist Papers, the intellectual cornerstone of America’s very founding is James Madison’s treatise on “factions” describing the inevitability (and productivity) of America’s intensely competitive special interest groups.
    —    Mark J. Penn
Quoted from: “Microtrends” by Mark J. Penn with E. Kinney Zalesne
[For another take on errors in perception, see:  “In Broken Images“, by Robert Graves.  And yet, as an American I believe “E Pluribus Unum“, (“Out of many, one”) is fundamentally correct!    —    KMAB]
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The great fear of the future has been that mass societies would become faceless societies, with people forced into conformity — everyone looking alike, dressing alike, and being required to think alike.  This was seen as almost a necessary sacrifice in order to feed and clothe growing populations with diminishing resources.  But I suggest we are headed in completely the opposite direction — a future in which choice, driven by individual tastes, becomes the dominant factor, and in which these choices are reinforced by the ability to connect and communicate with communities of even the smallest niches.
The future rarely turns out as predicted.
    —    Mark J. Penn
Quoted from the book: “Microtrends
Written by:  Mark J. Penn with E. Kinney Zalesne
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