By the time this goes to press, we will have survived the political conventions, the Olympics (without doping or Zika, hopefully) and most of the triple-digit heat. People will be streaming back to town back to their normal lives. Whatever normal is. Nobody’s quite sure these days, although a whole lot of people feel like the whole world is spinning out of control.
I was in college during the ‘60s for the student revolution, the anti-war movement, civil rights protests, and drug culture, which rocked not only our nation but much of Europe as well. Political assassinations, the moonwalk, hippies, psychedelic music, and drugs made my senior year on campus very different from my freshman year. My parents’ generation was pretty sure the sky was falling, and they had lived through their own cataclysmic coming of age with the Great Depression, the Dust Bowl, and World War II. People protest that these times are much more frightening because of the sheer violence and the globalization of problems with social media.