Re: "80 per cent calmer"
Look at your salary and image it being worth only two-thirds of that next year and tell me that you'd feel perfectly fine with a 50% price hike for fuel.
After Dad died, we were doing a clear-out and found his salary book from the 70s. Around 74 maybe?
He was getting a 2% pay rise, every month. This was because inflation was over 20% - and the company would go bust if it started paying its staff 24% more at the beginning of the year. But if they waited until the end of the year - he'd only be on 3/4 of his original salary, in cash terms, and he wouldn't be able to afford it.
On the plus side, their mortgage was "only" at about 18% interest - and the face value of it was dropping rapidly in real terms.
It being the 70s, he needed all that money to keep me in brown trousers and purple t-shirts. Often with orange stripes.