Obviously, I mean THIS Millennium now, but what follows is an article I first had published in a magazine in July 1996. So, why am I writing this introduction and re-publishing now?
May 2000: The other day, I was reading an article on MAY PLANETARY ALIGNMENT By Dorene A. Carrel mailto:email@example.com a Seattle-area astrologer who provides consultations for natal, relationship and relocation charts. In her article, Dorene cites astrological reasons, due to these current planetary alignments, for changes in our banking and monetary systems and goes on to say that perhaps bartering may become wave of future.
I was stunned by *coincidence* with information I had researched some years before for one of my teeth-cutting articles in my new career as a journalist after spending 20 odd years in management accountancy and business administration.
We are seeing this all happening now, every day on WWW, even though I didn't know I meant Internet when I wrote original article. We barter daily for freebies, reciprocal links and more in order to promote our online businesses. There are many of us trying to eke a living in this way against a backdrop of rising unemployment and a lack of other support systems. And it ain't always easy!
Read on, I know it will sound like doom, gloom and bleakness. It isn't: I hope that in fact it will give you motivation, inspiration and confidence in what you are doing. I think Internet is *right* place to be. Follow all advice you'll read to keep persevering in your efforts and don't falter when going gets tough. The only way you can fail is to give up.
In much same way as we are headed for enormous environmental changes, so we are headed for economic changes on a scale that none of us has witnessed before or will again.
Since mid 16th century, world's economies have suffered regular depressions and it is now recognised that there is a 60 year debt cycle. It doesn't take much to realise that since last, The Great Depression, fell in 1930's, that we in '90's are therefore slap-bang in another.
However, there is also another cycle that is even more impacting. That is a 500 year cycle, which we are due to undergo around year 2000. No-one has yet discovered any scientific reason for this cycle, but it certainly exists. In fact, it is already underway and it is combination of these two economic cycles that is why there will be such an enormous revolution in world economic structure as we know it.
We only have to look back into history to see what happened at previous 500 year intervals, to see proof and measure likely impact of what we will witness. History does repeat itself. It was between 50 BC and 50 AD that Christian religion began and Roman Republic was replaced by an Empire. Around 500 AD, Roman Empire collapsed. At 1000 AD, Dark Ages ended to begin Middle Ages.
In 1500 AD Modern Age really began when great changes were brought about by invention of printing press in around 1450. Imagine that impact of having been able to teach masses of people to read, write and communicate for very first time.