As a child we were taught to crawl under our desks in case our city was hit by “the bomb.” Silly actually, but it did create an atmosphere of impending doom, especially for a fourth grader! This is an an excellent post that deals with Living in Fear, not just from the possibility of some mad men getting the bomb, but fear of death in general, something that at this moment in time has special meaning for my family.
Nuclear war. It’s an extremely unpleasant subject, and its grim specter still haunts the world. Oddly, though—even as we anticipate the day when Iran’s lunatic Mullah’s develop them and North Korea’s deranged generals learn how to deliver them—the world is in a sort of “nuclear hiatus” at this very moment.
The Mutual Assured Destruction apparently worked, as the former Soviet Union and the United States decided against nuclear suicide. At the present moment the three world powers show little appetite for total war, so today’s children don’t have to learn the Civil Defense precautions that kept an earlier generation safe.
I was one of those young Americans indoctrinated in the sophisticated “stop and drop” method of nuclear blast survival. The video below provides a nostalgic look at the paramilitary training we received. (A link to the full training film appears below.)
C.S. Lewis lived during the height of nuclear paranoia…
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