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Old 16th May 2020, 20:07
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tiger-palm
 
Join Date: Feb 2007
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Originally Posted by benttrees View Post
Maybe we don't have it that bad?



Itís a mess out there now. Hard to discern between whatís a real threat and what is just simple panic and hysteria. For a small amount of perspective at this moment, imagine you were born in 1900.



On your 14th birthday, World War I starts, and ends on your 18th birthday. 22 million people perish in that war. Later in the year, a Spanish Flu epidemic hits the planet and runs until your 20th birthday. 50 million people die from it in those two years. Yes, 50 million.



On your 29th birthday, the Great Depression begins. Unemployment hits 25%, the World GDP drops 27%. That runs until you are 33. The country nearly collapses along with the world economy.



When you turn 39, World War II starts. You arenít even over the hill yet. And donít try to catch your breath. On your 41st birthday, the United States is fully pulled into WWII. Between your 39th and 45th birthday, 75 million people perish in the war.



Smallpox was epidemic until you were in your 40ís, as it killed 300 million people during your lifetime.



At 50, the Korean War starts. 5 million perish. From your birth, until you are 55 you dealt with the fear of Polio epidemics each summer. You experience friends and family contracting polio and being paralyzed and/or die.



At 55 the Vietnam War begins and doesnít end for 20 years. 4 million people perish in that conflict. During the Cold War, you lived each day with the fear of nuclear annihilation. On your 62nd birthday you have the Cuban Missile Crisis, a tipping point in the Cold War. Life on our planet, as we know it, almost ended. When you turn 75, the Vietnam War finally ends.



Think of everyone on the planet born in 1900. How did theyendure all of that? When you were a kid in 1985 and didnít think your 85 year old grandparent understood how hard school was. And how mean that kid in your class was. Yet they survived through everything listed above. Perspective is an amazing art. Refined and enlightening as time goes on. Letís try and keep things in perspective. Your parents and/or grandparents were called to endure all of the above Ė you are called to stay home and sit on your couch.
The Spanish flu post WW1 killed more people in the second wave of the virus than the first.
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