Oh, I don't know. We had civil defense drills because we were so afraid that a nuclear bomb would hit at any minute. Now there are crisis drills because we are so afraid that someone will come in and shoot up the school.
Bad things happened in the world, but we weren't technologically wired up 24/7, so we didn't know about a lot of it until it was long over. Today we watch and hear the horrors as they occur.
Someone mentioned how people came together during Vietnam. I remember it differently as one of the most divisive periods of my lifetime. National guardsmen were on campuses; there were riots; there were shootings on the Kent State campus. Returning veterans were shunned and spit on. 58,000 of them died.
There was extreme racial discrimination, lynchings, violent protests, segregation in every aspect of life, etc.
True we went outside and played all day and our parents didn't worry about us. That was the good part we all remember. There were milkmen and soda fountains at the corner drugstore. Now there are more organized and supervised sports programs after school, and there are latchkey kids and there are convenience stores on every corner where we can pick up our milk on the way home and there are drive-thrus where we can get a milkshake without getting out of the car.
I'm thinking that we actually have it pretty good today-- it's just different. Of course, the banking failures are making everyone, myself include, very nervous, but this is not the first time or the worst time-- not yet anyway.