By: Thomas P. Silva
Duck and Cover
The thought of living in fear of an atomic threat must have been an extremely stressing environment for adults and teenagers. Having to be constantly aware of your surroundings can put people on edge. While at the same time you still have to go on with your everyday life.
It is hard to imagine the children really understanding what an atomic bomb would actually do. The devastation of the attack really would register in their young minds. Although teachers would try to educate their students about an attack, it’s hard to believe that total acknowledgement of the situation was achieved. Never having the opportunity to experience even an earthquake drill in school, I can only imagine the kids treated the atomic bomb drills more as a game than a real training exercise.
After experiencing the country at war and having dropped two bombs ourselves, the threat was very eminent. These training videos to some, if not most people, were very serious. Emphasis on teenagers and adults was probably exercised to help younger children.
There are similarities to that and the times we are living now with the constant threat of a terrorist attack. Although it´s more controlled, there are warning signs of terrorist attacks and terrorist activity. There are also the attacks that come with no warning. In the event of a terrorist attack and an atomic bomb attack the devastation are massive. They are both equally effective at creating fear, not just after, but before as well.
As for the differences, there are plenty. The era itself is completely different. Looking back on the past, a family was more of a unit than they are now. So dealing with a situation like an atomic bomb attack is going to be different. Today, unfortunately, everybody is more self-observed. Today’s civilization would rather tweet to their friends than worry about an attack. Maybe we as a society