Still traumatized by this pic.twitter.com/bfdVJuTaFW— DeLorean (@PedanticAutist) August 6, 2020
Have you ever wondered where we are at in history?
It is easier to think about the past and the people who lived through it. We think of previous generations as having lived through Antiquity or the Middle Ages or the Modern Era which we divide into Early Modern and Modern. We further divide the Modern world into the Renaissance, Reformation, Enlightenment and Romantic eras. We see these patterns in history. What is our current era though? How will future historians look back on our present age? What will they see as distinct about our times?
Here is a possible sketch of the Modernist era:
1985-2015 (Old Age)
The Renaissance, Enlightenment and Modernist eras were all forward looking and worldly. The Reformation and Romantic eras were more backward looking and focused on recapturing what had been lost.
Note: Here is a good video on Romanticism which dominated the 19th century and was a reaction to the Enlightenment.