We have been through other crises but this time is unique. America has weathered some serious storms over the centuries. These include full scale revolution, civil war, multiple world wars, economic collapse, pandemic, and famine.
About every generation there is a time of reckoning that could be seen as a wake up call. During this time of crisis we reevaluate what it means to be an American. The last such event was 9-11.
Traumatic events affect everyone in society. But how we experience the event depend on our life stage and circumstances. Each generation will see events differently and assign different types of lessons based on their age. For example, children and grandparents may live through a war but the impact is very unique for each of them.