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    Re: Are we better off than the prehistoric man?

    Quote Originally Posted by Aunt Spiker View Post
    Well - you can life 'prehistoric' (your interpretation of it) for a while and compare . . . which do you prefer?
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    Re: Are we better off than the prehistoric man?

    Quote Originally Posted by MadLib View Post
    I'd assume we are, because we live four times longer. True, we have stress, but it is about small things. 21st century man worries about a promotion. 210th century BCE man worried about being eaten by a lion. We have better medical care, safe food, safe water, war is less barbaric.

    I love it when people who live hundreds of thousands of years post hoc glorify a time when they wouldn't survive a week.
    I thought modern man worries about structural unemployment, because there is no environmental support for their birth, only market finances. The prehistoric man didn't even get born without environmental support. Building thorn fences and spearing against lions, like the Massai do, must be easier than guessing when you will get layed off and forclosed or electricity cut off. How do people worry about their promotions? I don't plan to be a working person, but they are the majority of the population, and all I see about them is their absolute fear of their future. Doesn't it look like a lion?

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    Re: Are we better off than the prehistoric man?

    Quote Originally Posted by joko104 View Post
    You mean bag when the average life span was less than age 25 and an infected tooth was a death sentence?
    I think it may beat the nursing home and the gang competition on the streets for survival.

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    Re: Are we better off than the prehistoric man?

    Quote Originally Posted by ab9924 View Post
    Doesn't all of our time go lost at work/commute instead of any leisure?
    No. Most of us work 40ish hours per week and have the rest of our time to do whatever we want. And honestly, many of us could get by working even less than that if we wanted to. It may be more total hours of work per week than prehistoric man had to do, but we have much better leisure options available. I don't know what "leisure" for prehistoric people was like (probably varied from one part of the world to another), but presumably they didn't have many options available. We have far more choices for how to spend our leisure time.

    Interesting. Can you give an example?
    The weak in prehistoric societies would not have had Medicaid and handicapped-accessible facilities, for example.
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    Re: Are we better off than the prehistoric man?

    Quote Originally Posted by ab9924 View Post
    What kind of infections would have the power to kill a whole man at age 25 for example? (Really curious.)
    I had an emergency appendectomy at that age.

    What are the odds of surviving a burst appendix without the intervention of modern medicine?
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    Re: Are we better off than the prehistoric man?

    Quote Originally Posted by ab9924 View Post
    A little short, but think about this, how absolutely horrible it must be to live twice that age as we do today, what can you do at 50? No sports, no women/men, no sex, no job market, no money, no life, but you still can't die. An absolute sentence in hell on earth. I can't even imagine 40, but 50 must absolutely suck. What can one do with his life without anything?
    You must be very young.

    Life begins at 40. I'm about to turn 30, after having started life then. I can still do anything I could have done at the beginning of life.
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    Re: Are we better off than the prehistoric man?

    Quote Originally Posted by tessaesque View Post
    How old are you? I don't know many 50 year olds without pre-existing conditions that aren't able to participate in sports, enjoy the opposite sex and sexual relations with them, find employment, pay their bills, or enjoy life.
    Okay, so how about those 50 year olds that are all over the news and can't market their out-of-date skill-set to feed/house/socialize themselves. Aren't they the majority?

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    Re: Are we better off than the prehistoric man?

    Quote Originally Posted by marduc View Post
    Personally I am a huge fan of being alive, and am quite fine with eventually growing old in order to continue this condition as long as I can. and you know what.. even though your nursing home thing is a tad silly on the surface for a reason for not wanting to grow old I would even trade off an occasional beating for a few more years of existence if that was somehow put to me as an either/or option.
    That is so interesting ... I would blow my head off in that situation and self-destruct, I think.

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    Re: Are we better off than the prehistoric man?

    Quote Originally Posted by Kandahar View Post
    No. Most of us work 40ish hours per week and have the rest of our time to do whatever we want. And honestly, many of us could get by working even less than that if we wanted to. It may be more total hours of work per week than prehistoric man had to do, but we have much better leisure options available. I don't know what "leisure" for prehistoric people was like (probably varied from one part of the world to another), but presumably they didn't have many options available. We have far more choices for how to spend our leisure time.



    The weak in prehistoric societies would not have had Medicaid and handicapped-accessible facilities, for example.
    Interesting.

    And isn't medicaid and all forms of state health insurances currently being slowly phased out?

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    Re: Are we better off than the prehistoric man?

    Quote Originally Posted by Dittohead not! View Post
    I had an emergency appendectomy at that age.

    What are the odds of surviving a burst appendix without the intervention of modern medicine?
    I see. This also seems to point to an uncompromising attachment to one's own life. This seems more general today than in prehistoric times. Is that natural?

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