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21 Nov, 6 tweets, 1 min read
Between the pandemic, the protests, and the contested election, it feels like we're living in unprecedented times.

We do - but every decade feels that way. It's just that we don't remember the past as vividly, and the dry accounts in the history books seldom do the trick.
In the 2000s, we had the dot-com crash, a bitterly contested election decided by the Supreme Court, a series of unprecedented terrorist attacks on 9/11 leading up to two major wars, the anthrax terror plot, the housing crisis that sent shockwaves throughout the world... and more.
The 90s are remembered as a period of prosperity and calm, but they had the Ruby Ridge - Waco - Oklahoma City trifecta, the Rodney King riots, the Unabomber campaign, the Clinton impeachment trial, the chaos and conflict in Europe in Asia following the fall of the USSR...
The 80s in the US? Attempted assassination of Ronald Reagan, a series of bank closures during the Savings and Loan Crisis, the emergence of AIDS.

The 70s? Crippling fuel shortages across the country, cars abandoned on roads. Kent State shootings. Vietnam. Watergate.
The 60s? The assassination of JFK, Cuban Missile Crisis, brutal civil rights struggles, the murders of MLK and Malcolm X. The list goes on.
The world is a crazy place; it always has been. We're at an in an hour when history is being written, but it is one of many such moments in our lives.

At times like this, don't settle, but also don't give up. Stand up for what's right - and always have a backup plan.

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