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    Re: Are we better off than the prehistoric man?

    Quote Originally Posted by ab9924 View Post
    This may be a no-brainer, but really. We work more hours than the prehistoric man hunted. We work in artificial environments that stretches our social/family ties, the prehistoric man did all his activities with the involvement of his social/family environment. The prehistoric man was "separated" from the animal kingdom by inventing that the weakest member of his horde was worth enough to support, we eagerly write off everybody who is not competitive enough.

    And what do we gain for these sacrifices? We can drive more expensive cars to take an even remoter job. We can buy more expensive houses that we hardly have any time to spend in. We can get hefty investment account balances that evaporate in one swoop at any stock market/credit dip/crash or at any structural unemployment experience. What is the difference between slavery and controlling the prices of all trades by cornering the markets? They teach in school that slavery was the step-ahead that advanced civilization out of the prehistoric age. But was it really a progression or a regression? Is our world today a progression?
    In my book a "better" life equates with a longer life. Cavemen rarely lived out of their 30's. Who cares how great it was?

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    Re: Are we better off than the prehistoric man?

    Quote Originally Posted by ab9924 View Post
    This may be a no-brainer, but really. We work more hours than the prehistoric man hunted.
    We also have more opportunities for leisure and more comfortable lifestyles.

    We work in artificial environments that stretches our social/family ties, the prehistoric man did all his activities with the involvement of his social/family environment.
    Not for very long. It's hard to maintain social/family ties when everyone you know dies by age 25.

    The prehistoric man was "separated" from the animal kingdom by inventing that the weakest member of his horde was worth enough to support, we eagerly write off everybody who is not competitive enough.
    We give the weak in our society far more support than prehistoric people ever did.
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    Re: Are we better off than the prehistoric man?

    We are certainly better off than Prehistoric women.

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    Re: Are we better off than the prehistoric man?

    Quote Originally Posted by iguanaman View Post
    In my book a "better" life equates with a longer life.
    Equates? Don't ya think that's a bit simple? I mean, at some point people might give up and figure "it doesn't get any better from here, only longer" but I think that's a bad attitude.

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    Re: Are we better off than the prehistoric man?

    Quote Originally Posted by ecofarm View Post
    Equates? Don't ya think that's a bit simple? I mean, at some point people might give up and figure "it doesn't get any better from here, only longer" but I think that's a bad attitude.
    Nope not me. You only go around once.

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    Re: Are we better off than the prehistoric man?

    Quote Originally Posted by iguanaman View Post
    Nope not me. You only go around once.
    He who lives the longest wins; wouldn't that philosophy render someone a wretched coward?


    ps. I don't believe in a conscious afterlife.

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    Re: Are we better off than the prehistoric man?

    Quote Originally Posted by What if...? View Post

    I prefer modern comforts, but the "nasty, brutish and short" meme isn't accurate.
    are you kidding? they didn't have internet or distilled spirits, either.

    f that s right in the a. 2012, you are my friend.

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    Re: Are we better off than the prehistoric man?

    Here's one off the top of my head: anesthesia. Think about a world without it.

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    Re: Are we better off than the prehistoric man?

    Quote Originally Posted by ecofarm View Post
    He who lives the longest wins; wouldn't that philosophy render someone a wretched coward?


    ps. I don't believe in a conscious afterlife.
    Wanting a longer lifespan does not equate with caring only abou thow long you live. You are oversimplifying. You can have a long satisfying life.

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    Re: Are we better off than the prehistoric man?

    Well - you can life 'prehistoric' (your interpretation of it) for a while and compare . . . which do you prefer?
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