Day, strike that, the half century after
So I keep getting into a conversation that boils down to me disagreeing with some idea that today everything is as bad and as scary as it has ever been. Like the world is ending. Ususally starts with some discussion on the economy, but becomes much broader.
I honestly just don't get it. I really don't. Below was routine news content back in the days when all was so perfect. This wasn't in some beatnik version of the National Enquirer, but the Pittsburgh Press and written by he who would become it's editor the late John Troan, by all accounts an eminently sensible guy. There was also this little war in a far off place called Korea at the same moment in time. I can't even imagine how the work order off to the graphics department went?? "Please draw a landscape showing an atomic bomb over Brookline by noon". Think the editor came back on the initial drafts with a "get a few more mushroom clouds in there". All routine.
Go read it yourself if you wish. Every single paragraph is astonishing. Just in passing it points out "Those French bathing suits probably will go out of style" followed soon by "You can't encase yourself in a six foot suit of concrete and a foot thick steel helmet. That would kill you sooner than the atom bomb." Might be a bit of gallows humor in that, but I really don't think that was written tongue in cheek! How is an entire generation not completely neurotic if these were daily concerns?