Current events unfolding today are unlike any events that the modern teenager has dealt with.
Before our time, there was World War 1, World War 2, Korean War, the Vietnam Conflict, and Desert Storm. All these affected teens at the time, and took place in other countries.
Teens today are facing a new, un-named conflict. President Donald Trump makes it easy to pay attention to what is going on with his personal tweets @realDonaldTrump.
With incidents taking place as of weeks ago between Syria, Russia, and the US, will this era of teens need to start considering the possibility of a 3rd World War?
On April 4, 2017, Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad gassed his own country, killing as many as 69 to 100 of his own citizens, and injuring a few.
This is not the first step leading up to the current conflict that is taking place between our allies and Syria.
Days after, President Trump sent 60 missiles to be dropped on a Syrian air base, called Shayrat, containing only two runways.
Each missile cost one million dollars, adding up to a $60 million dollar task. Seven of the Syrian soldiers were killed in the attack.
The U.S.A. sent a warning an hour in advance in order to give the Russian soldiers there time to evacuate the air base. Next, 59 out of the 60 missiles hit the base.
“Everything I read in the news says we are closer to a major conflict than we have been at any point in time since the Cold War,” said History Teacher Kurt Wetterling. “So I think we are inching closer to it. I think that steps that could be taken to scale this thing back, don’t seem to be the ones people are following.”
In recent news, North Korea has taken further steps into creating a possible war by self-engaging the U.S.
According to CNN, North Korea has threatened to sink a U.S. ship along with capturing two more U.S. civilians as they were on their way to the airport, making their U.S. captives total at four.
As all of these events unfold, what is it like to experience them for the current teenage era?
As teenagers, we have never had to experience any drastic war possibly unfolding, only conflicts on the other side of the world. Most of us were all too young to either experience, or remember what a tragedy 9/11 was on U.S. soil.
Now, we are inching closer and closer to a possible third world war. Our generation has never experienced the thought of possibly being drafted or in some cases, even signing up for the draft.
It is a humbling experience to think our ancestors who had to live these thoughts for most of their lives.
Every nation is more technologically sound than ever before, meaning less man-power is necessary. Therefore, there is less of a possibility of being drafted.
Our ancestors constantly had to worry about being drafted as manpower was necessary for WW1, WW2, and the Vietnam War.
The current teenage generation has been much more comfortable than previous eras. Now, the comfort is slowly fading away as a possible major war and nuclear holocaust may be unfolding.
“The greatest generation is the one that fought during World War 2, and they guaranteed the freedom that we enjoy today,” said Wetterling, “and that’s the last time that so many people have given so much for our country to remain free and be world leaders. My generation grew up under the fear of nuclear war during the Cold War… As an adult, I remember 9/11 and the towers falling and thinking, before we knew all the facts, this could be the beginning of huge conflict… But your generation has never seen any of that first-hand. Never fought in a conflict, never thought about nuclear war being a reality, and never lived through an attack on our soil. And with that comfort comes some surprises.”
In a comfortable situation there is a lack of fear.
Yet almost everything that is worth fighting for or working towards is at the other side of a terrorizing situation.
In the midst of these events, it is important to live through the fear with the understanding there is almost always something brighter on the other end.
A never-ending comfortable environment is not always as safe as one with spots of fear.
“A little fear goes a long way in helping you be prepared and giving you perspective. …It’s going to be eye opening, and it will change your perspective one way or another,” said Wetterling.
Teens can pay attention, talk to their teachers or parents, decide how they can help, and appreciate and understand what is happening.