February 18, 2022 3 min to read



For a small amount of perspective at this moment, imagine you were born in 1900. When you are 14, World War I starts, and ends on your 18th birthday with 22 million people killed. Later in the year, a Spanish Flu epidemic hits the planet and runs until you are 20. Fifty million people die from it in those two years. Yes, 50 million.




When you’re 29, the Great Depression begins. Unemployment hits 25%, global GDP drops 27%. That runs until you are 33. The country nearly collapses along with the world economy. When you turn 39, World War II starts. You aren’t even over the hill yet.


A polish Jewish Mother with an older son



German soldier helps a little boy sneak across the Berlin Wall, 1961


When you’re 41, the United States is fully pulled into WWII. Between your 39th and 45th birthday, 75 million people perish in the war and the Holocaust kills six million. At 52, the Korean War starts and five million perish.


An orphaned girl with her baby sibling strapped to her back, standing in the rubble of her hometown, during the Korean War, circa 1950s


At 64 the Vietnam War begins, and it doesn’t end for many years. Four million people die in that conflict. Approaching your 62nd birthday you have the Cuban Missile Crisis, a tipping point in the Cold War. Life on our planet, as we know it, could well have ended. Great leaders prevented that from happening.


Babies who lost their parents during the Vietnam War are airlifted back to the United States for adoption, 1975


As you turn 75, the Vietnam War finally ends. Think of everyone on the planet born in 1900. How do you survive all of that? A kid in 1985 didn’t think their 85 year old grandparent understood how hard school was. Yet those grandparents (and now great grandparents) survived through everything listed above.


Smedley Darlington Butler


Perspective is an amazing art. Let’s try and keep things in perspective. Let’s be smart, help each other out, and we will get through all of this. In the history of the world, there has never been a storm that lasted. This too, shall pass.


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Little girl and her doll in the ruins of her bomb damaged home, London, 1940



A woman survivor of the nuclear bombing of Nagasaki, 1945


Nagasaki, Japan in 1945. It shows a young Japanese boy standing at attention, carrying the body of his baby brother who had been killed in the bombing. This diary entry from the photographer, Joe O’Donnell



A powerful photo showing a priest holding a dying soldier while bullets are fired around them, Venezuela, 1962


A soldier during the Civil War had his life saved by the Bible in his pocket. He wrote to President Lincoln about it, and the President sent him a replacement with the Presidential signature.


Two bullets that collided during the Battle of Gallipoli, 1915-1916


Face of Soviet soldier, Evgeny Stepanovich Kobytev, after four years of war, 1941-1945









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