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NomoreY_A's avatar

If you could go back in time and live in another era, which era would you choose?

Asked by NomoreY_A (2667points) 2 months ago

Also, why would you choose that era? For me, I’d like to live as a mountain man in the period about 1820 – 1850, see North America unspoiled, like the Indians did. What’s your choice?

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SergeantQueen's avatar

This may sound weird, But I kind of want to experience this era (2000+) as maybe an older person, possibly someone in their late 20s early 30s. I want to be able to compare what’s going on with this generation, from previous generations based on personal experience and not just stories/other people’s accounts, if that makes sense. I’m 18, almost out of High School, so I’m getting to be college age. College Kids now are way different than college kids were when people who are almost 30 went to college. I want to be able to experience a college setting where people’s feelings aren’t taking away from the education and there isn’t such a big deal over gender and things. I want to compare politics and see first hand how things have changed, basically. This may not be the exact answer expected, but it’s what I would want to do.

NomoreY_A's avatar

Makes sense, and there’s no such thing as a wrong answer. As a matter of fact, it kinda makes me think… comparing your desire for a college experience, and what people experienced in my day. There was a lot of political activism then, what with Viet Nam, civil rights, and other issues that were going on. What you’re talking about in this era, might be more conducive to a good education/ college experience.

SergeantQueen's avatar

Yeah, that would be interesting to experience too. I used college education in my answer, but that was only an example. It isn’t the only reason why I’d want to experience this era from an older age.

ragingloli's avatar

Ask me again after the Nuclear Apocalypse.
Let us face it: Technologically, scientifically, socially, all eras of the past suck compared to modern day Europe.
Curiosity about history is a reason to visit the past, but there is no reason to want to live there, unless you are some bucktoothed, inbred redneck yearning for the days when the negros knew their place.

NomoreY_A's avatar

Great answers, even if we’re only speculating. Most folks have their own agenda in these kind of things, like I said, I would like to experience America more or less unblemished. Then again, getting mauled by a bear or scalped by Native Americans might not be a pleasant experience. @SergeantQueen

NomoreY_A's avatar

@ragingloli That might come to pass, if Chump and his RepubliCONS have their way.

avoice's avatar

None. They all suck.

Dutchess_III's avatar

60’s except with out all the horrible racism and sexist shit.

Rarebear's avatar

Just adding on to @ragingloli statement ...and if you don’t care about infectious disease and you want to die at the age of 40.

NomoreY_A's avatar

@Dutchess III I meant – Great bands, starting with the Beetles…I wouldn’t mind reliving the era from about ‘64 to ‘70, or so. Wish I coulda been at Woodstock.

NomoreY_A's avatar

@Rarebear As far as I know, Grizzly Adams and Jeremiah Johnson never got any infectious disease. Lot to be said for the outdoorsman life.

Rarebear's avatar

@NomoreY_A Grizzly Adams lived until he was 47 and died of head and neck trauma from a bear attack. Sound like a lot of fun to me.

Jeremiah Johnson was a Robert Redford movie.

NomoreY_A's avatar

@Rarebear I know it was a movie, I’m just using those guys as Mountain Man prototypes, fictional or otherwise.

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AshlynM's avatar

50s or 60s. I’ve always loved these eras and wondered what it would be like to live in them.

zenvelo's avatar

1968 to 1980, US. All the conveniences one needed without the hassle. And lots of sex.

Coloma's avatar

While I wouldn’t want to be involved in slavery I have always had a passion for southern antebellum life, circa 1840’s. 50’s, 60’s. Pre- Civil war era. I would love to live on some beautiful, sprawling plantation home, throw big parties and dress like a southern belle. :-)

blueknight73's avatar

The 40’s after WW2 . Very little crime, affordable homes and cars. College hardly cost anything. Tons of jobs. Etc.

Dutchess_III's avatar

@NomoreY_A If you’re going to throw great bands into the mix we gotta include the 70’s. I honestly think the 70’s was the last decade where artists actually produced songs and played instruments.
Led Zep
Pink Floyd (the older I get the more I appreciate those guys)
Bob Segar
Eath Wind and Fire
Aretha
The Spinners.
Rolling Stones
I’m missing a few thousand here.

NomoreY_A's avatar

@Dutchess_III Agreed. Just curious though, why did you cross out the Stones?

josie's avatar

The 1960s
Post WW II prosperity.
A healthy middle class.
Wealth and leisure and time to be introspective about race and gender equality.
Great arguments about the power of the individual vs the power of the Political State.
Great music.
The great American folly in Vietnam that made a hero of my dad, and troubled him to the end of his days.
Which in turn troubled me through my tempestuous youth and influenced me to try and reconcile the whole thing on yet another battlefield.
Etc.

canidmajor's avatar

@Rarebear Jeremiah Johnson had a pretty good (non-fictitious) run, died at 75.

ARE_you_kidding_me's avatar

I always wanted to be in on the Lewis & Clark expedition.

CWOTUS's avatar

I would like to relive my childhood, knowing then what I know now:

- Nobody is watching!
– Permanent record? Pffft!
– You really can do pretty much whatever you want.

anniereborn's avatar

A rich person during the mid 1930s-1940s. I love the music, the dancing, the fashion, the culture. The way American pulled together to fight WW2. But goodness knows I wouldn’t want to be a poor person during those times.

Earthbound_Misfit's avatar

I will stick with now. As a woman, I think I have much better opportunities and rights than at any other time.

NomoreY_A's avatar

@Coloma Well, you won’t get this guy to go fight for your mint juleps and plantation. I’m southern born and bred, but I have never had, and never will have, any sympathy for the southern cause of the Civil War. I’ll mount up and get the hell outta Dixie, maybe I can hook up with a yankee patrol and offer my services, without getting caught. : )

Coloma's avatar

@NomoreY_A No sympathy here either but you can’t be angry with ignorance either.

ragingloli's avatar

And I will strike down upon thee with great vengeance and furious anger those who would attempt to poison and destroy my brothers. And you will know my name is the Lord when I lay my vengeance upon thee.

ARE_you_kidding_me's avatar

^^1994 then?

Tarantino made that up

gondwanalon's avatar

I think that I was born one generation too late. I was born in ’51 and am ashamed of my Baby Boomer generation. The politically correct world of today discusses me.

I wish that I was born in 1921 so I’l be among the Greatest Generation. They’re no nonsense hero’s that saved the free world by winning WWII and were tough hombres that survived the great depression.

If the Great Generation failed to win WWII then we would all be slaves speaking German and or Japanese or converted to ashes.

NomoreY_A's avatar

They had their flaws. The generation that fought World War Two and went through the Depression, was also a generation which tolerated racial discrimination, sexism, and lynching. It was our generation, the Boomers, who changed that with our activism. And I am not ashamed of that at all.

Coloma's avatar

I’m proud to be a boomer, a younger one, born at the end of ‘59 but still a part of championing all the changes our generation initiated. I hate boomer bashing, we set the precedent for many great changes. Yes, I agree, the greatest generation was also the un-greatest generation when it came to racism and sexism. Unchallenged beliefs were challenged by the boomers to the greater good of all.

The greatest generation may have saved the country from the evils of communism but the boomers fought for the evils of archaic beliefs.

NomoreY_A's avatar

@Coloma… Amen, can I get a hallelujah?

Dutchess_III's avatar

@NomoreY_A I do not like the Rolling Stones. I never have. They can’t play guitars and they can’t sing. They were a farce perpetuated on American society. IMO.

NomoreY_A's avatar

Well to each his own.

SergeantQueen's avatar

^I agree for about 99% of their songs

NomoreY_A's avatar

I hereby remove myself from this here anti – Rolling Stones thread, never to return, so there : )

SergeantQueen's avatar

I said 1% of their songs are good!

NomoreY_A's avatar

OK, I’ll take what I can get. : ) 1%, eh? That’s… not too impressive. : (

SergeantQueen's avatar

If I change it to 1.2% will you smile?

Dutchess_III's avatar

All I can say to the Stones is MORE COW BELL!!

I really kind of miss the pre cell phone, pre internet age. I know it’s done us much good, even saved lives, but man. Things were so different then. Calmer, I think. We worked harder and ate less.

SergeantQueen's avatar

I wish I could have lived then. Without cell phones or any technology.

Dutchess_III's avatar

It was pretty cool. You were on your own a lot. You also had to rely on strangers often.

ragingloli's avatar

Hey, I never got Elvis Presley either.
He had like, 1 passable song.

Dutchess_III's avatar

I like In The Ghetto. And he did have a good voice. But he was all about the glitter, not substance, so I didn’t care much for him either.

SQUEEKY2's avatar

I have always wondered what the roaring 20’s was all about, and would have loved to seen that era. So I am going to say the 1920’s.

NomoreY_A's avatar

I agree about Elvis, I never cared much for him either. His only songs I liked were Viva Las Vegas and Bosa Nova Baby. I know the women all liked him because of his money, and the fact that he wore his shirts unbuttoned to his navel. Guess they thought that was sexy. My sis used to playfully throw stuff at me when I’d tell her Elvis sucks, and as soon as you leave the Elvis posters are going in the trash. LOL

Dutchess_III's avatar

He was sexy! The shirts and tight pants, not so much. Really. Most women don’t find that sexy. It’s a guy thing to be turned by so much skin and peek-a-boo. But he was super, duper handsome. He DID have a great voice. I just care for most of what he sang about. Mostly about him cheating, and women cheating on him, and everybody so mean to him. Hound dogs.

My sister got me a “Disco Sucks” t-shirt in 1978! Wish I knew where it was.

NomoreY_A's avatar

@Dutchess_III I recall the Disco Sucks bumper stickers, had one on my Mustang. Thank the powers that be that that disco crap went out with the garbage. And all of that silly truck driver cb jargon garbage. Now I remember why I stayed stoned pretty much all through the 70s

Coloma's avatar

Ode to the 70’s. Love ya Jerry!

www.youtube.com/watch?v=RaYfA7tfT1g

anniereborn's avatar

@Dutchess_III You mean no “legal” liquor :p

jca's avatar

Whenever I think about living in another era, I think about the medical issues I have dealt with and how there would not have been such good medical care any other century, or even just a few decades ago.

I was about 45 hours in labor with my child. If not for all kinds of medical intervention, I probably would have died. I had Guillain Barre syndrome about 9 years ago. If not for all sorts of medical intervention, I could have died or been severely handicapped. I swallowed a bone once and had to have an endoscopy to have it removed. I can’t imagine life with the pain of that bone stuck in my throat, not to mention I am not sure if I’d be able to swallow food with the bone there.

My mom survived over six years with stage 4 breast cancer. It was stage 4 when it was diagnosed, so she beat the odds just by living six years with it. That in itself was wonderful.

Some people are nostalgic for the 1950’s and 60’s in the US, when America was prospering and the population was moving to the suburbs and making casseroles. However, I think of how people then were dying of stroke not knowing how to prevent them. Everyone was smoking cigarettes and drinking cocktails, not realizing that they were killing themselves.

I do think if there were an era and/or place I’d like to have lived, if just for the fun part, it would be either the Victorian era or “Little House on the Prairie.” However, when I think about the medical stuff, I’m very happy living in the here and now.

Dutchess_III's avatar

@NomoreY_A if you remember the 70’s you weren’t there!

We all look back, and only remember the good stuff, not the bad. The REALLY good stuff we don’t remember either though, but that’s a different ball game.

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