So, You Think You Have It Rough??

I don’t think there is anyone on the planet who doesn’t know things have changed in the world recently. But compared to other generations this is a walk in the park. That is what this post is all about.

I suspect young people today will be telling their grandkids about the lockdown of 2020. Of course, they will dramatize it as much as possible. For the sake of perspective, let’s look at the life of someone born in 1900. For this story, I will call the person Sue.

1900 Sue was born.

1914 World War Started – When she was fourteen World War I started. Her parents faced severe rationing so that the boys on the front would have what they need. 22 Million would lose their lives in that conflict.

1918 Spanish Flu Epidemic – As soon as that four-year war was over the Spanish Flu epidemic hit the planet. Back then they barely knew what a virus was so there was no known way to keep it from ravaging the world. It ended up killing 50 million in two years.

1929 Great DepressionUnemployment hits 25% and stays there for years. The country was on the verge of collapse until things started getting better four years later.

1939 World War II Started -That war, which lasted six years and killed 75 million people.

1950 Korean War Begins – 5 million would die in that one

1955 Vietnam War Begins – It doesn’t end for 20 years. 4 million are killed.

1962 Cuban Missile Crisis – For a few weeks the planet tittered on global nuclear war that would likely have ended civilization.

1975 Vietnam War Ends Sue is 75.


How did those who were born on the planet born in 1900 survive all of that? Every decade had major world catastrophes.

When you were a kid in 1985 and didn’t 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 way to enlightenment, isn’t it?

2 thoughts on “So, You Think You Have It Rough??

  1. The young people of todays adults have no clue what Americans went through. I was born in 1948, My father was born in 1901. These people don’t know and don’t want to know our history and what we fought for. We fought for the freedom not to suffer anymore. They are tearing down the statues so they don’t have .to know, Those statues represent what happen before the 1900’s, the misery and suffering of many peoples. They live in the best of what America has to offer and yet they have no respect for it nor the people that came before. it’s sad because if they continue in the manner they are today, they will know the suffering and dispair.


    1. Hi Lea and thanks for visiting RJsCorner. I had to let your words stew for a while to consider how I wanted to reply.

      Your comments are probably repeated for every generation when they are passing the torch. “No one can do it as well as we did.”

      But I do disagree about the statues. When they do damage than good, they should be removed to a specail site that is not so visible to those they attacked. Andy Jackson comes to mind for me. He was a proud “Indian Killer” and “Keeper of Slaves”. He had absolutely no respect for either.


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