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PixieJane
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posted October 03, 2016 08:44 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for PixieJane     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Could it be today?
http://www.bbc.com/future/story/20160928-why-the-present-day-could-be-the-best- time-to-be-alive

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Nonetheless, as the researchers Ian Goldin and Chris Kutarna argued recently in their book Age of Discovery, we’ve never had it so good. Life expectancy, they point out, has risen more in the past 50 years than the previous 1000: a child born in 2016 stands a fairly good chance of seeing the arrival of the 22nd Century. The likelihood of a violent death has never been lower; on average, we’re better educated than ever, and childhood mortality has plummeted. Among the most striking changes, the last few decades has brought remarkable successes in tackling global poverty: in 1981, almost half the people in the developing world lived below the poverty line; as of 2012, that figure had dropped to 12.7%.

Apart from an increase in living standards, such improvements mean that we are, in turn, better placed to solve the 21st Century’s problems. “These conditions create an ideal habitat for ideas and genius to flourish, and that flourishing is well under way,” write Goldin and Kutarna. “Science and technology has never been closer to flipping our basic condition from scarcity to abundance.”


'Course taking these things for granted mean they don't seem to miraculous to most of us, whereas when those who were used to hunger got to feast (such as on holidays), they savored and enjoyed it in ways that perhaps none of us today could understand. That is, their lives may have been much more harsh and even miserable, but they were also more dismissive of the hardships (as they were used to them) and embraced the good with joy rather than taking it for granted as most of us do today.

Still, all in all, I like our modern times. But I fear that our species will soon decline for many reasons, though it doesn't have to be so.

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posted October 03, 2016 09:01 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for PixieJane     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Born in the wrong decade?
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hc6VP7Qp-Y8

And will the real Cleopatra please stand up?

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posted October 04, 2016 11:43 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Randall     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote

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posted October 05, 2016 11:58 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Randall     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I agree.

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posted October 06, 2016 02:03 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Randall     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Despite some obvious challenges, of course.

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posted October 10, 2016 11:04 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Ayelet     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I too think I would prefer today, or the future, to the past... though perhaps not the distant past, like Atlantis, where it might have been fun to live (before the great flood or whatever happened to them)

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posted October 11, 2016 11:24 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Randall     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Today...or in the future.

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posted October 12, 2016 04:33 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Randall     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Technology comes at a price, though.

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posted October 13, 2016 02:20 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for PixieJane     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Here's a bit more on the romanticized past:
http://www.scsuntimes.com/article/20101126/NEWS/311269974

That's just the "good old days" in the USA, which was actually better than many other places in the world at the time. (And the times before that were far worse.)

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posted October 14, 2016 10:57 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Randall     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote

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posted October 15, 2016 10:36 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Randall     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
It's a crazy time.

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posted October 16, 2016 04:26 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Randall     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
But despite the craziness, I'd choose now over any time in the past.

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posted October 17, 2016 09:14 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Randall     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Though a simpler time does seem appealing. Like in Back to the Future.

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posted October 18, 2016 12:03 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Randall     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
To visit, not to stay.

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posted October 19, 2016 04:05 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Randall     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Briefly.

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posted October 20, 2016 01:36 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Randall     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Like Marty McFly.

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posted October 21, 2016 10:47 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Randall     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Can I have a Pepsi Free?

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posted October 22, 2016 10:50 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Randall     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Tough crowd.

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posted October 23, 2016 03:50 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Randall     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
It used to be a sugar free Pepsi.

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posted October 24, 2016 08:34 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Randall     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Marty asks for one when he goes back in time.

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posted October 25, 2016 02:53 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Randall     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Best time to alive? At this moment.

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posted October 26, 2016 04:24 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Randall     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
And maybe on November 8. Maybe...

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posted March 12, 2017 12:38 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Randall     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Wow, Trump won. Crazy.

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posted April 14, 2017 04:55 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Randall     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Even crazier still.

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posted April 15, 2017 04:43 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Randall     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Bombs.

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