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Re: Which era in American history would you choose to live in? [Re: TheLastLemming76] #15552940 12/21/20
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Today is just fine. Even 30 years ago cancer would have killed me at 34. I love modern medicine. People tend to romanticize the past. Like said before carrying water and non stop need for firewood is an issue most would have trouble contending with nowadays. People also forget that if you weren't rich you lived in the dark basically until the mid 1800's when candles became remotely cheap. Candles were expensive and reserved for the wealthy before that. people would bundle certain weeds and dry them in the summer to have light sources for the winter months. Window tax was very common under English kings because of lighting. More windows in your house = more tax. So if you were poor your house was lit by the cooking fire and you had as few windows as possible.

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Re: Which era in American history would you choose to live in? [Re: TheLastLemming76] #15553945 12/21/20
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People miss that the argument is not just 'today vs back then' too .People in every era produced their 'frontier types', and probably had the same naysayers as we do here. They werent all moving out at the point of a sword or starvation either. Many had a choice between whatever level of comfort a town still offered, and a chance to make it good in 'the wilderness'. A large town in 1800 may not seem comfortable to us, but it still offered significant security, safety, suppplies and comforts over pushing a frontier. A certain % will always take on that unknown, I think the gene is inherent to humans, its how we spread out. You notice most of the comments are not about 'living in 15th century England under a lunatic King" because no one would want that obviously . 99% are about the frontier era, because these eras are times you can actually reset or shrug off social class. Its a time of freedom, forming new countries, new ideas, new laws. As long as you dont starve or get peppered by arrows of course wink


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