"Narrative" is a word that I hate.
In simple terms, when somebody uses the word "narrative" it is a signal that they believe that their lies are every bit as valid as your understanding of the truth.
The word "narrative" sounds educated and "hip".
The word "narrative" is all promise and no delivery.
"Narrative" has no predictive capability.
David Pfaff claims that any phenomena can be explained by any one of four, universal causes:
- Mass hysteria
- Hallucinogenic drugs
- Space aliens
- Doesn't really matter what the fourth cause is because none of them offer predictive capability
Pfaff's universal causes gives comfort to the stupid because it gives them a false sense of "knowing" the causal chain-of-events.
For science to have any value it must offer predictive capability BEFORE an event has completely unfolded. Too much of what passes for science is really "narrative". It is the sports color-caster 'splaining the completely obvious after the play is over.
Interesting article here on deer populations in widespread areas cycling together.
The thumbnail for the article is that underlying weather patterns bring populations into synchronicity.
Many kinds of fruit trees develop a pattern of biennial bearing over time.
One year your orchard will have a huge crop of fruit that struggles to ripen. The next year virtually no fruit at all.
Trees in the wild, oak trees for instance, will often demonstrate two, three, four or even five year patterns of mast production.
Obviously, as a person caring for an orchard I want a reasonable crop of high quality fruit EVERY YEAR. Consequently I studied the mechanics of biennial production.
It is my opinion that biennial bearing is usually triggered by a severe weather event like a late, killing frost.
The frost kills most of the blossoms on the trees and the trees bear a very light crop.
In July and August (in the northern hemisphere) the buds on the growing twigs make a decision based on the ratio of carbohydrates-to-nitrogen. If the ratio is high then the developing buds form flower-buds internally. If the ratio is low then they don't form flower-buds.
Fruit have a high priority on sucking in carbohydrates. With no fruit on the tree, the buds are swimming in carbohydrates and too many of them form flower-buds, including buds deep inside the canopy where there is little sunlight.
The next summer the situation is reversed. With all that fruit sucking up every molecule of sugar in sight there are no carbohydrates to trigger the buds to form flower-buds internally so the next year is a bust.
As fruit growers we have a lot of tricks in our bag. There are chemicals we can spray to thin flower buds (including weak salt-water, 2oz/gallon). We can beat the trees with a stick when they are in flower. We can severely prune out the number of branches. We can attempt to fertilize our way out of the problem.
This discussion is different from a "narrative" because I had two late, killing frosts last spring. I had a crop that was about 30% of normal. I am using that information to guide my management practices...fertilizer, pruning, weed control....
Societal chaos and political repression
I look at the heavy-handed, unilateral actions of the Biden regime and the impeachment theater in Congress and I wonder: Is this a killing frost that will synchronize opposition?
One of the commonalities of biennial bearing apple trees is that they are typically mature-to-overmature in age. Their is an inherent propensity to over-bear due to too much canopy overhead and competition between trees for limited sunlight. The propensity is there, the frost is simply the trigger.
Economically, all of the Executive Orders and Progressive initiatives seem to be increasing overhead by an order of magnitude and choking the energy (sunlight is energy) that drives our economy. As the propensity increases the size of the trigger decreases.
Like the wide-flung deer populations that move in unison, will the Progressive "mandate" cause We the People to move in unison? If so, then the backlash will not coordinated through Social Media and censoring non-Progressives with have no effect.