Are you happy we live in the time we do, or do you sometimes wish you lived in an earlier age?
This is a great question for me! All my life I've gone through obsessions with different eras (right now it's Edwardian England thanks to Downton Abbey). I think ultimately I wouldn't be able to survive if I were somehow transported to a time before electricity. It was hard enough when we went a week without power over the summer! I think it's just that I long for a simpler time where people had a moral code and men were gentleman and women were more refined. Yes, I appreciate feminism and whatnot, but I don't see why it had to come at the cost of chivalry and manners. Bah, I'm so old-fashioned!
Sometimes I wish we were in some other day and age, but the fact is, if I come to think about it, I would really have an hard time without all the conforts we have nowadays... So I'm quite happy here and now...
Every age has its trials and tribulations. I would not trade my experience for any other. Even though the state of the global economy is unhealthy and the news illustrates suffering, I would not choose to be anyone else or live in any other time. The world has many technical advantages today that make accomplishing more than the laundry or foraging for dinner a days endeavors, obsolete and a past I would not want to bring back. Some might say that with our fast-paced society, stress is at an all-time high, but I disagree. Rapid communications, rapid transit, modern effective medicines, and all the household modern conveniences mean we can accomplish reaching across the globe, shopping from home, and look forward to longer, healthier lifetimes than our ancestors. Our lives are enriched and expanded today, limited only by our imagination.
The times of King Arthur or Robin Hood always come to my mind when this question surrounds, even I am happy with who and where I am.
I am happy to be alive -- this is the time in which I am living so -- yes I am happy living right now! Love Life!
Sometimes I do wish I lived in a simpler time but then I think about medical issues and that part would be scary. I know it s a romanticized idea and not necessarily fact, but I love the perceived innocence of the 1950's.
I am completely happy living at this time. I've never had a desire to be or go anywhere else than where I am. Why would I--technology is amazing, one can go to other worlds, times and places just by sitting at a computer for a couple hours.
I would like to have lived in pioneer times. It would have been very exciting and at the same time, dangerous.
If I ever find myself wishing that I lived at some time in the past, I just think about visiting a doctor or a dentist before the existence of novocaine, antibiotics, or sterilized instruments. (I would also miss the internet.) With all of the problems in the world today, the world, on average, is better for a higher percentage of its people today than at any time in the past. It would be interesting to visit some famous people or experience major events, but in short order, I would want to jump into the time machine and come back.
The 2000s are OK, but if I had a Way-Bac Machine I'd probably want to visit the late 1960s. I always thought I'd make a good Hippie.
I sometimes wish that I lived in the 1800's - perhaps the later 1800's...I love that way of life...living off the land...seemed like things were simpler in so many ways...I know that in reality it was much tougher in most ways, but it just seems like it would be a nicer way of life...
I like the era we live in now. I can't imagine me living in a world without all the amenities I've become accustomed to...it would be different if I didn't have what I do now.
Having just reviewed a book on the middle ages in England I would not want to live in a much earlier age. In what age would I have lived to be as old as I am now? The good old days had their flaws.
After studying ancient history, there are certain ages that have intrigued me and yet, I do not know if I would truly want to live in that time. We have many problems with this time and yet we have also resolved many concerns and cured many diseases. I would love to visit other times but I would not want to stay.
We are so fortunate to be living in this time with the medicine, science, technology and ease of living we enjoy. Everything we do, each day is easier, faster, more convenient. We have more choices in every area of our lives. We don't have to worry about death every day from a random germ or infection or from giving birth. We don't have to raise ,harvest or slaughter our food, sew our clothing, wash by hand, or stay in jobs or relationships that are not good for us.
But with the choices and convenience comes a price. We have trouble seeing what is truly important sometimes. We are somewhat spoiled, lazy, and bored. We put our emphasis on getting more instead of using what we have to enjoy the most important things, like the people around us.
It's the difference between what a Sunday ride used to be, and the fact that most people don't even know what a Sunday ride is today. Things were slower. Harder, but slower. So the good things in life were truly enjoyed. Today we go so fast after the prize that we miss everything on the way. And when we reach the prize, we wonder why we thought it was so important in the first place.
I probably wouldn't make it 24 hours in earlier times, and I appreciate the age we live in. But from here looking back, it's clear what we're missing.
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