Baby Boomers grew up with the anxieties based on the real threat of Mutually Assured Destruction. Millions were emotionally affected. Apocalyptic nightmares were common. Younger people are growing up with anxieties based on the real threat of species extinction, particularly the human species. Climate change, soil depletion, overpopulation, resource exhaustion, an awareness of the dangers in the universe, mean new generations are living with a new set of dystopic futures. That’s the bad news. The good news is that, while there was little any individual could do about MAD, there’s a greater awareness and empowerment around individual actions mitigating our current excesses, and possibly finding solutions.
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