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    (Original post by TheArtofProtest)
    1960's was a great time to be alive.

    Well, not if you were JFK or MLK.
    Or any black person in America, especially in the southern states.

    Personally 700-800 West Africa, I hear it was nice.
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    Definitely this era (unless the future is better, but who knows)! Being the right age to appreciate the first series of Robot Wars and Pokemon, what else could I have asked for?
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    (Original post by Desideria)
    As a non-Brit, I'll have to disagree, but I understand the appeal

    Nevertheless, the time we live in is probably the best choice overall, particularly when considering matters such as healthcare.
    If one is honest any nation which developed the military advantage western Europe did in the 1400's/1500's would have capitalised on it without fail, the only difference is that it was the UK and not Pakistan or wherever.

    The second greatest crime which the British ever committed was not having a good part of the empire transition to some kind of federation, it would have cemented British power for centuries.
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    (Original post by Rakas21)
    If one is honest any nation which developed the military advantage western Europe did in the 1400's/1500's would have capitalised on it without fail, the only difference is that it was the UK and not Pakistan or wherever.

    The second greatest crime which the British ever committed was not having a good part of the empire transition to some kind of federation, it would have cemented British power for centuries.
    I'll agree that any European (or otherwise able) nation would have done the same as Britain did. I do not however endorse colonialist/imperialist tendencies, as many former colonies aren't doing too well know. Probably would have been better had we Europeans left them in peace.
    Admittedly, it'd have hurt our trading power, but we had no right to invade foreign nations. Too late now.
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    (Original post by Desideria)
    I'll agree that any European nation would have done the same as Britain did. I do not however endorse colonialist/imperialist tendencies, as many former colonies aren't doing too well know. Probably would have been better had we Europeans left them in peace.
    Admittedly, it'd have hurt our trading power, but we had no right to invade foreign nations. Too late now.
    This is generally not the case albeit we were of little benefit either. One has to remember that in Africa for example a combination of the Sahara and being surrounded by water meant trade was limited to what few feudal states existed (who are all poor and constantly at war in general) while for 3000 years Europe had the Silk Road connecting it to the Orient which for a long time was the only place that rivaled it in wealth and development. Short of a massive leap forward in thinking it's hard to see how Africa would suddenly have advanced to anywhere near where we were by say the 1800's when a number of nations were having industrial revolutions.

    Note that once we left a lot of African states actively chose to impoverish themselves by embracing the Soviets rather than the market. Look at Zimbabwe for example vs South Africa or Uganda vs Taiwan. Unless your suggesting that they would not have been sympathetic to socialism were we not there then again there's little reason to believe they'd have advanced at a much faster rate than they did.

    Empire was probably not a real benefit to a lot of places on net but neither is it to blame for their situation now.

    To be fair we had every right. Humans are predators and dominate everything around them, remove the spectre of nuclear war and you'd have the same situation today. It was a dog eat dog world and we managed to be top dog. That this meant subjugating those who were technologically and/or culturally inferior is at best a minor irrelevance.
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    the 90's !!! although technically a 90's baby I don't have any memories of it

    absolutely love the clothes, music, tv series+films of that time.

    Also it was when technology was starting to advance, but not to the point of social networking and other things that completely changed our society, arguably for the worst.
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    the 90's !!! although technically a 90's baby I don't have any memories of it

    absolutely love the clothes, music, tv series+films of that time.

    Also it was when technology was starting to advance, but not to the point of social networking and other things that completely changed our society, arguably for the worst.
    Can confirm. The 1990's were amazing! Serious contender for best decade ever.
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    (Original post by Rakas21)
    This is generally not the case albeit we were of little benefit either. One has to remember that in Africa for example a combination of the Sahara and being surrounded by water meant trade was limited to what few feudal states existed (who are all poor and constantly at war in general) while for 3000 years Europe had the Silk Road connecting it to the Orient which for a long time was the only place that rivaled it in wealth and development. Short of a massive leap forward in thinking it's hard to see how Africa would suddenly have advanced to anywhere near where we were by say the 1800's when a number of nations were having industrial revolutions.
    What defines wealth? They may have been rich in a non-Western sense of the word.

    The feudal system in many parts of Africa was obviously the reason why they were so easily conquered, no national identity or loyalty to other tribes. A disadvantage on their part.

    I agree that Africa and other parts of the world may not be at the same industrial stage as we are now had we not colonised, however, who's to say that what they would have developed into would not have been worthwhile as well. I can only think of the time I spent traveling through Southern Africa..the pollution from old, rusty vehicles and burning trash, the incessant need to own a mobile phone and a TV, even if you don't have a home to live in.


    We Europeans awakened this materialistic need, at least to a certain degree. What these nations have made of it is admittedly their own doing, as they have had chance enough, but we were still the root cause to the entire fiasco.

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    Note that once we left a lot of African states actively chose to impoverish themselves by embracing the Soviets rather than the market. Look at Zimbabwe for example vs South Africa or Uganda vs Taiwan. Unless your suggesting that they would not have been sympathetic to socialism were we not there then again there's little reason to believe they'd have advanced at a much faster rate than they did.
    True. They all messed up their Socialist dream. Can't say much to Zimbabwe, South Africa or Taiwan, but Nyerere's effect on Tanzania, for example, is still felt today. The country's inhabitants lack ambition and the one-party government is a cesspool of pseudo-politicians. They do have a new president as of 2015 who seems somewhat promising, though.


    (Original post by Rakas21)

    To be fair we had every right. Humans are predators and dominate everything around them, remove the spectre of nuclear war and you'd have the same situation today. It was a dog eat dog world and we managed to be top dog. That this meant subjugating those who were technologically and/or culturally inferior is at best a minor irrelevance.
    Interesting viewpoint. I'm sure Darwin would have been on your side.
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    (Original post by espicton98)
    the 90's !!! although technically a 90's baby I don't have any memories of it

    absolutely love the clothes, music, tv series+films of that time.

    Also it was when technology was starting to advance, but not to the point of social networking and other things that completely changed our society, arguably for the worst.
    (Original post by TheThiefOfBagdad)
    Can confirm. The 1990's were amazing! Serious contender for best decade ever.
    I am truly surprised at all of the 90s and 80s endorsement I really thought most people would go back at least 50 years. Very interesting.
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    (Original post by Desideria)
    I am truly surprised at all of the 90s and 80s endorsement I really thought most people would go back at least 50 years. Very interesting.
    The 80's sucked ass, tbh, and I wouldn't go back to the 90's as I lived through it already. Not sure when I'd go back to...perhaps to see Rome at the height of its empire, or Japan during the sengoku jidai. Seeing the Aztec and Mayan civilizations being built or da Vinci at work would be mind blowing. There's just too much to chose from!
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    (Original post by TheThiefOfBagdad)
    The 80's sucked ass, tbh, and I wouldn't go back to the 90's as I lived through it already. Not sure when I'd go back to...perhaps to see Rome at the height of its empire, or Japan during the sengoku jidai. Seeing the Aztec and Mayan civilizations being built or da Vinci at work would be mind blowing. There's just too much to chose from!
    I agree. Maybe the best option is actually just switching between different times at leisure. Time travel, my heart's desire.
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    I think maybe just at 2005 maybe? (thats when youtube came out btw!)

    People had more respect and getting to know one another was more gradual and worthwhile and more appreciated

    The douchbag population was also lower then, I do get it some flashiness and showing of your talents is cool but as seen by the following mathematical graph, theres a limit. And nowadays theres so many that go past that point






    yet they still had a decent lvl of technology and the wifi seems alright
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    Definitely medieval times, 1200s-1490s
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    (Original post by Plantagenet Crown)
    Definitely medieval times, 1200s-1490s
    Where?
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    (Original post by Desideria)
    Where?
    England or Spain
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    Anything before the invention of WiFi is out of the question.
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    I loved the 90s, take me back!
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    (Original post by Desideria)
    When should you have actually been born or are you content with being alive in the 21st century? What would be your time of choice?
    2140s.

    I was born like 100 years too early.
 
 
 
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