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Post Reply The "silent generation" 1928-1944 probably was the luckiest in humanity
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This seems to be the golden era of being an average American in many aspects. Like my grandparents, born in a depression and childhood was hard, but after WW2 ended that ended quickly as well. The biggest boom in mankind followed, coupling with a generation growing up in the sweet 50's. Cars, freedom, soda fountains, etc. Move on to employment where retirement is at 55 and with a pension, that many are still collecting today. They get to spend their golden years coming off the Internet boom of the 90's, use tech to stay in touch with Grandkids, and yes there were some hard times and stress but not like today's under 40 somethings.

Full disclosure - By all means every generation had something good. Many say today's kids have it too easy, and in some ways they do, but in others they dont. $100k of student loan debt is not nice. Many people today are propped up by social services, while others partake in activities considered quite debaucherous. I'm not saying the silent generation was perfect by any means, but as far as opportunity, rapid increase in standard of living due to us winning WW2, etc, they would probably have to be considered the golden generation for the average American. For the exceptionally rich American, I would say there is no better time than now post-globalization if you have the money to travel the modern world.
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It wouldn't have been good to be a woman during that time. Otherwise it was pretty set.
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Personally I think society was worse back then because of a. crappy social norms and ideologies (blatant racism, sexism, and homophobia) , or just plain stupid (i.e. the expectation to have kids, conservatism when it came to dress and mannierms, among other things). I mean, not everyone from this time period was racist, sexist, homophobic, or stupid, but they were certainly in higher numbers back then. Like my paternal grandparents were pretty good, accepting people, and they were from that era, but my still living (unfortunately), grandmother is still a burning racist, homophobe, etc, to her core who still thinks that norms are the same as they were back then (one of the milder insults she uses is either telling me that I look unladylike or that my clothes are unladylike and she also uses the word ne*ro eeuuuugh).

I wouldn't have liked to live in that era, even as just a vulgar, bisexual person.
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IshokuOsero wrote:

It wouldn't have been good to be a woman during that time. Otherwise it was pretty set.

Non-white & LGBT+ as well tbh.
Posted 8/10/15 , edited 8/13/15
I still prefer my current/new generation/era because it was shitty for someone like me back then of course.

Unless we're taking steps backwards, every new era/generation is the best for women, lgbt+, and non-white folk.
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anzn wrote:


IshokuOsero wrote:

It wouldn't have been good to be a woman during that time. Otherwise it was pretty set.

Non-white as well tbh.


Yep.
I was just thinking for a split second about myself living back then. I do NOT ever want kids, so just from that one moment of horror I didn't even have to think any longer, LOL!
But honestly there's an entire laundry list of reasons why it was a shitty time period. I do like a lot of the clothing styles so if some of those could come back into fashion that'd be great.
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Posted 8/10/15 , edited 8/10/15
Man all that racism, sexism, banning of alcohol, the Great Depression, and WW2 I feel jealous of them already.

No man I dont think there lucky to have lived in such a messed up backwards era.

Edit: To my fellow straight white males who might think "that aint so bad for me" keep this in mind: porn was illegal.
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Posted 8/10/15 , edited 8/10/15
To be fair most of the problems people have in their generations are choices they made on their own. Obviously I'm excluding things that are decided by the government alone. There's pros and cons to each, but there's always stupid people in every generation that will fuck things up.
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The 50s looked like a very pretentious era....

I prefer openness in this era.
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lel no internet era. nope nope nope
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Posted 8/10/15 , edited 8/13/15
I will take the 60s over 50s any day
Dr King
New found Sexuality
Great live rock shows
Women develop a voice
Big changes in status quo
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Posted 8/11/15 , edited 8/11/15
Science-wise it was not.
Equality-wise it was not.
Tech-wise it was not.
Economically? Hell yeah, 20+% interest on 10-40 year bonds, if you had some money back then and invested, you'd be making bank. The Killer interest rates, and everything was cheap compared to the inflating wages of the time was pretty boss too.
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Wasn't the great depression in the 1930's...
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Well, if OP were hypothetically telling me that I had to hypothetically pick whether I'd hypothetically prefer living in the late nineteenth or early twentieth century, I'd pick the latter, but no, even if economically straits were better I'd still rather be in a post civil rights era.

Actually, I'd really like to go back to the seventies or eighties. Or even the sixties. Cute fashion, progress, good music, even if there was no internet, not bad general entertainment? I'd rather go back to one of those eras instead. The only thing I'd take from the fifties at all if I went there would be like a few hoopy skirts
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BillNyeTheScienceDude wrote:

Wasn't the great depression in the 1930's...


Yeah, economically things got better after the war though. That still didn't mean that living in the Great Depression wasn't a hardship, though. My grandparents told me about it… not a good time… not a good time…
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