View Poll Results: Are we better off in the 21c compared to 19c?

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    Are we better off in the 21c compared to 19c?

    Are we better off in the 21-th century compared to 19-th century, what do you think?

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    Re: Are we better off in the 21c compared to 19c?

    Question needs a little narrowing down I think.

    Better is VERY subjective.

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    Better than who? (better than who)
    The scores aren't in. (the scores aren't in)
    Let the gods of evolution say who'll win.
    Better at what? (better at what)
    In what way? (in what way)
    Let the gods of evolution have their say.

    I'm better than you at shooting,
    You're better than me with a knife.
    Who's to say which tool works better when the punks come for your life?
    You're better than me at karate,
    I'm better than you with a stick.
    Do you really want to walk through the slums tonight, let the old gods take their pick?

    I'm better at breathing pollution,
    You're better at avoiding colds.
    Which of us will last the longer in the worst the future holds?
    You're better at surviving bug bites,
    I'm better at eating junk.
    If civilization sinks tomorrow, which of us would be sunk?

    I'm better at training horses,
    You're better at fixing cars.
    Which will be in more demand at the next turn of the stars?
    You're better at hunting rabbits,
    I'm better at making fire.
    Which of those skills can better fulfill what tomorrow might require?

    I'm better at growing gardens,
    You're better at counting cash.
    Which will serve us best tomorrow, the money or the stash?
    You're better at working computers,
    I'm better at making a song.
    Which will put more food on the table if the world goes right or wrong?

    You're better at playing dominance,
    I'm better at making friends.
    What works better, whether or not civilization ends?
    Nobody knows the future,
    Or what skill betters the odds.
    So it's best to say we're all born equal and leave the rest to the gods.

    Let the gods of evolution have their say


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    Re: Are we better off in the 21c compared to 19c?

    Questions like this always seem like trick questions. We're definitely better off in this century than people were in the past.

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    Re: Are we better off in the 21c compared to 19c?

    Of course we are...by virtually any reasonable metric you can think of. And it doesn't even really matter who "we" are...it's true of the rich, the middle-class, the poor, men, and women. And with the possible exception of a few active warzones, it's true virtually everywhere on earth, from North America to South Asia to Sub-Saharan Africa.
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    Re: Are we better off in the 21c compared to 19c?

    i would argue that we are.

    we have access to safer food, the ability to travel, and modern medical technology. plus, the internet is pretty kickass.

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    Re: Are we better off in the 21c compared to 19c?

    Quote Originally Posted by Wake View Post
    Questions like this always seem like trick questions. We're definitely better off in this century than people were in the past.
    Not necessarily. Religious people might think otherwise, for example they may not like GMO, porn, gay marriage, fashion, etc. A libertarian might argue in terms of liberty and so on.

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    Re: Are we better off in the 21c compared to 19c?

    Quote Originally Posted by Canell View Post
    Not necessarily. Religious people might think otherwise, for example they may not like GMO, porn, gay marriage, fashion, etc.
    I doubt there are very many religious people who think porn is more important than antibiotics, vaccines, mass communication, universal literacy, automobiles, and 80-year lifespans.
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    Re: Are we better off in the 21c compared to 19c?

    Quote Originally Posted by Kandahar View Post
    I doubt there are very many religious people who think porn is more important than antibiotics, vaccines, mass communication, universal literacy, automobiles, and 80-year lifespans.
    Not if believe in end times, perhaps.

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    Re: Are we better off in the 21c compared to 19c?

    Simple answer.

    **** yes, it's not even close.
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    Re: Are we better off in the 21c compared to 19c?

    I'm gonna go with "yes"
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