The Greatest Generation saw the routine use of airplanes, cars, microwave ovens, telephones, radios, and the internet come to fruition in their lifetimes. Kirin believes they benefited from spending portions of their lives what would be considered primitive settings -- without electricity, using kerosene lamps for light and in some cases without running water.
“Their childhoods were simple, relying on outdoors games and imagination for their fun. How they went to school, pursued their careers, and raised their kids was radically different compared to today,” she says.
But, having lived through a time that brought so many mechanical and technological advances, the similarities between their experiences and those of today are easy to see.