Depending on where in the FWL he was born, anywhere from pseudo-contemporary 20th century life (most major cities on sub-core planets), to 'wild hair in the ass scrub farmer' (periphery/subsistence planets, such as the 'Trinity Worlds' that the 17th Recon Regiment hails from), to 'What, you don't have a personal trivid, hovercar, and million C-bill house?' (Core Worlds, such as principality capitals, like Regulus, Atreus, Oriente, et al)
Lore-wise, the general public really doesn't give much of a shit about the Succession wars, really; they go to work, pay their taxes, and the only difference when a planet's subjugated by a neighbour is that their money has a different face on it, there's a new flag, and the tax rate's slightly different. The Clan invasion was a ~massive~ shock that put pretty much the entire Inner Sphere on a war footing, however, so in the back of most everyone's minds, there's concern that the clans might resume their drive towards Terra again, and due to the mass publication of what Smoke Jaguar did to the City of Edo on Turtle Bay, John Q Public is very tempted to go to the local armory and get certified with a Zeus 12.7 for home defence.
(Context; The Smoke Jaguar commander, after several weeks of sporadic riots and similar in and around the city of Edo, basically said 'Fuck this shit' Pulled his ground forces out to the city limits, then ordered a Smoke Jag Heavy Cruiser to Bombard the city from Orbit until it was a smoking crater; He then ordered his ground forces to go in and kill any survivors.
Needless to say, that 'incident' was a large reason why the Inner Sphere decided to Utterly Annihilate Smoke Jaguar in Operations Bulldog and Serpent in 3059-60.)