I was born towards the end of the baby boom, and I cannot remember a day of my childhood that did not have a Sword of Damocles hanging over it. That sword was nuclear war, and the accepted certainty of an eventual nuclear war between the US and the USSR among the civil authorities, academics, and the society in general infused many of us with a stark, ruthless belief: we shouldn't expect to live for very long.
I believe any truly comprehensive understanding of the latter 20th Century requires an understanding of this attitude. It was arguably a contributing factor to many of the social trends appearing in the US in the post WW2-era, particularly those trends toward the self-indulgent and especially self-destructive behaviors that grew out of a simple, "I had better get/buy/do/take it now, or I may never." Things like "The Me Generation". From rampant drug use to peoples' interest in conspicuous consumption versus savings, a myriad of issues has been affected by this overriding fatalism- and I'd like to hear about them.
Therefore, for the first time, I am actively soliciting comments. If you grew up during the Cold War, or remember the time, tell me your story! How did the Cold War affect you childhood? Post a brief account of your thoughts and experiences in the Comments, and let's see where this leads!
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