Growing up in the 40's & 50's there was no Tit from government. You made it on your own or family, church & friends helped out and you did the same in return when you were back on your feet. You took any job available instead of thinking you were too good for just any job. If you were of Military age, you joined up to help support your family & country.
When people ask what has gone wrong with our country, I tell them, "the people are too soft and lazy"!