Some years back, I saw Marianne Williamson speak at the University of Colorado Conference on World Affairs. I don’t recall her exact words, but she spoke of a psychological wounding of an entire generation; that the baby-boomers who lived through the 1963 assassination of President John F. Kennedy, and the 1968 assassinations of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and presidential-hopeful Sen. Robert F. (Bobby) Kennedy, became frozen by the overwhelming shock and loss — permeated with an unconscious belief that if we poured our energy and passion into the public sector and devoted our lives to affecting fundamental change, “…(they) might kill (us).”
This video montage (about 6 minutes) includes Bobby Kennedy speaking in Indianapolis hours after Martin Luther King was murdered. His address is credited with maintaining peace in Indianapolis that night, while other American cities erupted in riots, looting, and flames. I remember sitting on my front porch and watching smoke fill the sky as the Nation’s Capital burned.