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#1 5 months ago

What would you choose to live in if you had the choice.


For me it has to be the Industrial Revolution, it would be amazing to see and witness the growth of industry and technology which was so rapid then, for all the awful things it would be fascinating to experience.


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#2 5 months ago

Either the Renaissance, or Classical Antiquity.


People often think the Classical Antiquity was dark and dreary, but it's actually one of the most colorful periods in history. Hell, the world's first vending machine was invented back then!




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#3 5 months ago

There are many periods I wouldn't mind to visit for a sort of vacation or extended stay, but living there permenantly? I got used to the luxuries of modern life and imagine that life in my historical periods would be quite tough and risky (unless you are part of nobility or a wealthy merchant maybe).

Also not sure I would fit well into whatever social order existed at that time.




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#4 5 months ago

I definitely want to live in the 1950s and 1960s.


Chuck Yeager making that historic supersonic flight, the space race, the moon landing, that was the best time to live.


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#5 5 months ago

I ought to say I have been growing an immense interest in the 17th Century, and specifically so the 30 years war. I don't think I'd like to *live* in that period (Tangent: bolds n Italics don't work on my Firefox, should I post on the bug section), and I can't really think of wanting to live in any other period other than today, if anything maybe in the future. 

Another period I'm really interested in is pre-agricultural cultures. Hunter-gatherer bs and early civilizations, I would love to see how people would've interacted, see the very foundation of our world. That'd be pretty dope. Plus, queer girls like me were in many cases deemed divine, so that'd be cool.


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#6 5 months ago
Posted by Silberio

I ought to say I have been growing an immense interest in the 17th Century, and specifically so the 30 years war. I don't think I'd like to *live* in that period (Tangent: bolds n Italics don't work on my Firefox, should I post on the bug section), and I can't really think of wanting to live in any other period other than today, if anything maybe in the future. 

Another period I'm really interested in is pre-agricultural cultures. Hunter-gatherer bs and early civilizations, I would love to see how people would've interacted, see the very foundation of our world. That'd be pretty dope. Plus, queer girls like me were in many cases deemed divine, so that'd be cool.

I have to admit I know little about history that far back.

The 30 years war was the Roman Empire right?


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#7 5 months ago

It started in the Holy Roman Empire (basically modern Germany, Austria and parts of several other countries like Italy, France and Poland) but kind of spiraled out of control.

The 30 years war was a series of conflicts that mostly revolved around secularism (protestants vs. catholics) with a lot of devastation across Europe. It ended in the peace of Westphalia, which was an important event in European history as people agreed to a balance of power deal that stabilized Europe for a long time and had effects on the way politics work in the western world until today.




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#8 5 months ago

Fuck it, let me elaborate on one of my favourite time periods; classical antiquity.


Now, we're talking over two thousand years ago, but don't let that fool you. These people were advanced, even by our modern standards. Want me to elaborate? I shall.


The Romans, despite being imperialists of the very definition, and despite a society that used slavery as a means of getting ahead, were intensely sophisticated. All roads did, indeed, lead to Rome. They were able to move troops from Italy to Britain, and controlled an Empire that - at its height - was bigger than the European Union of today. 


Who else do we have. The Greeks, of course. Founders of democracy. The forefathers of our modern western world. Indeed, we probably adopted far more from the Greeks than the Romans. They also invented the very first vending machine. A mathematician and physicist native to Alexandria, Heron, was the brain behind it. You inserted a coin in the top. It hit a lever that was tuned to the weight of the coin(which was standardised thanks to the Greek society), which dispensed a certain amount of water.


I could keep going and going. Look at the pyramids. Look at Egyptian culture. Look at all these civilisations that predate ours.




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#9 5 months ago
Posted by FileTrekker

What would you choose to live in if you had the choice.


For me it has to be the Industrial Revolution, it would be amazing to see and witness the growth of industry and technology which was so rapid then, for all the awful things it would be fascinating to experience.

To live in? 

This one. Despite what the media would have you believe, there has never been a better time to be alive. I'm personally quite thankful to live in an era when I'm highly unlikely to literally shit myself to death.

Every era before this one was fucking awful for people like us, and only marginally better for the elite.

The most interesting periods, I think, are WW1 - due to how batshit insane it all was - and ancient Egypt. My house is adorned with replicas of their various ornaments, recreations of their papyrus art work, that kind of thing. Those fuckers knew how to style.




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#10 5 months ago

I'll take the timeline with air conditioning, running water, computers, a massive surveillance state the likes of which Orwell could never have imagined, modern medical care, and the utter irrelevance of an increasingly large fraction of society to any meaningful employment please....


We live, I think, in an interesting time. The things that become dominant here will be dominant for an exceedingly long while. Nuclear weapons have removed the possibility of massive regime change via conventional armies for the foreseeable future. And that's a massive paradigm shift. Imagine if China and the British Empire, during the Opium Wars, had both had nuclear weapons. And so that war had never happened. What would China be like today? War is becoming too expensive - and it would cost rich people something personally to fight it.


There's the potential, with the technology we're acquiring, to make a paradise. There's also the potential that all the poor people end up rounded up into ghettos and slaughtered with nerve gas unleashed by some trust fund kiddy with a robot army. And don't be so quick to think that one's hyperbole - military power has increasingly centralised on those whose industries are strongest and when you remove the human component that trend seems likely to accelerate... and governments don't control the means of production.


Our generation is going to have to confront some quite unfortunate issues of resource shortage and climate change, alongside those social problems.


And in the midst of all this... most of us are frankly irrelevant to the arc of history. We just happen to be alive now. We make no new scientific discoveries, we make no great decisions. As, I suppose, it has ever been. It's easy enough to say that it must have been awfully interesting to be alive in feudal Japan, or Medieval Europe - but realistically if your life is farming day after day... I fail to see the interest. I rather suspect we see more of our world, even if its familiarity has rendered it fairly mundane to us.


But ya' know, in terms of aesthetics, I rather like feudal Japan - so what the heck tonguez.gif  book me a return ticket in your magic time machine




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