The 1940s were a time of INTENSE propaganda and mind control. People raised during that time would go on metal collection drives for the war effort. Such conditioning is nearly impossible to break through.
Teens in the 50s and early 60s had the indoctrination forced on them by their parents. It wasn't until the late 60s and 70s that true rebellion against the system kicked in. Having the wars of that time televised helped cultivate a healthy distrust of the state.
Along came the 1980s and a sluggish economy combined with the punk rock culture. It wouldn't last, however, and the kids of the 90s, while aware at some level that their government was corrupt, were content to not speak up as long as they got their cut of the phony paper wealth.
The kids nowadays are starting to be more receptive to truth, obviously thanks in large part to the internet and the ubiquity of truth.
The most important thing in my mind is to continue to take a stand on what you know is true, understand where and when people are coming from if they rebut your info, and trust in the fact that time will prove you right. Remember 'a prophet is not recognized in his own land' but at the same time prepare yourself for the day that those who wouldn't listen before seek you out for your advice.
Don't feed the pandas. Ever.
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