Cultural movements have a certain life cycle. If you read enough history, you see it. Because humans are the same all through history, the history of ideas that excite people tend to follow the same points.
It starts with enthusiasm and iconoclastic elan. That is the idea is so strange and far fetched for that society that only people who arrive at their positions by difficult individual thought and decision think it’s a good idea.
In fact, people who think this is a good idea, might get called names or ostracized.
Then slowly the idea gains converts. When it’s new and vibrant, the converts will be young and also vibrant, the movers and shakers of the society.
If the idea is not completely insane, it will then become more and more accepted, as these young and vibrant people gain power.
But if it is still moderately insane – say Marxism…
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