Growing up in the 1960s our parents and grandparents and teachers had a recent memory of nuclear bombs actually going off, being used to kill people. Everybody was terrified of nuclear war: terrified. As if the memory of Hiroshima and Nagasaki weren’t enough to keep everybody traumatized by fear, we had yet another concern added on: Russian nuclear weapons just off the Florida coast. The Cuban Missile crisis rattled everybody.
But just for an extra measure of fear, at my elementary school we fourth graders (9 years of age) were shown films of nuclear bombs going off, of the results of the bombs going off, and shown rows of tombstones to represent how many people could be killed. The terrors of ordinary atomic bombs were bad enough. But the final dramatic moment in one of the films was the introduction of the super-effective HYDROGEN bomb. Representing the vast power were rows upon rows upon rows of tombstones. But only the lucky ones would be killed immediately. The rest of the people near a nuclear explosion would throw up for a month or so and then die.
I could feel the chunks rising right there in my class; literally. I would feel extremely nauseous during the films. I was terrified.
And of what?
A false Russian threat? A possible future event that never came to be. What a waste of childhood innocence being stripped.
What was it all about? Governments use fear to control people. Don’t believe me? Watch the 2016 season of House of Cards. Sure, the show is fiction, but art imitates life in that series just about as much as it ever can. Another aid to understanding (if you can spare three hours or so) is The Power of Nightmares produced by the BBC which is now available on YouTube.
The US Corporate government (look it up if you don’t understand the reference) injects us with a strong dose of fear at least every twenty years or so, so that we are all more likely to have knee-jerk, trauma-based reactions to events instead of thinking things through.
Our last “fear vaccine” was given us on 9-11-2001. But that one only took for so long. And the real problem with that dose is that the boogeyman was Islam, and now it behooves the Deep State to have us like and accept Islamic invasion because they have a plan to use those invaders to subdue us.
The fear mongers need a new boogeyman. Meet the new boogeyman, same as the old boogeyman: Russia. Russia wasn’t a true threat to my safety and future in the 1960s and it is even less of a threat now.
Shoutout to all younger generations from this Russia-wise Baby Boomer: Don’t be fooled again!