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Sloan
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Miserlou
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Who had it better? Us or the cavemen?

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Started: 2/11/2008 Category: Technology
Updated: 9 years ago Status: Voting Period
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Sloan

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I do not believe that technology has changed the world for the better. I mean look back at the times when the cavemen were still around. They worked maybe 20 hours a week to provide food and the "work" was hunting. People these days now take time off work just to go hunting. They had a lot less to worry about too. Such as identity theft, credit card scam, pretty much anything financial.
Miserlou

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There are a lot of definitions of the term better, but I'll use what you used it as, a life with less work and stress.

"They worked maybe 20 hours a week to provide food"

That's 20 hours a week to provide food alone. Not to mention, shelter, clothing, and duties to children or other members of a family or tribe. And that's not to mention other threats from animals and nature. Cavemen worked 24/7 just to stay alive; they had to be completely self sufficient. Today I can buy food, shelter, tools, and clothing all ready-made but cavemen had to make everything for themselves. Today if I need protection I can call the police. Within a very small group of people, cavemen had to be their own artisans, scientists, laborers, cooks, army, and government. Because today we have so many more people in an organized system with technology, I have the luxury to specialize in only one area and still have no trouble providing for myself.

"and the "work" was hunting. People these days now take time off work just to go hunting."

Hunting as work and hunting as sport are very different. Cavemen depended on the hunt for food. Since they didn't have advanced technology, killing the animal was harder, and there were grave consequences if the hunt didn't go well. Hunters today (the ones who hunt for sport) enjoy it because it is easier and they are not dependent on it for anything except enjoyment.

"They had a lot less to worry about too. Such as identity theft, credit card scam, pretty much anything financial."

Just because fears are different doesn't mean that there aren't any. True, cavemen didn't have to worry about money. What they did have to worry about is whether a giant wolf was going to eat them, or if they'd have enough food to survive.

As I explained before, cavemen had to constantly worry and work for survival. Today the majority of us have survival practically handed to us on a plate, and even though we have other worries we also have a lot of luxury time to spend how we want.
Debate Round No. 1
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Posted by Yraelz 9 years ago
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Definitely, 1 round debates are a bad idea for the creator. Going to have to vote for Miserlou on his point. =/
Posted by skiies23 9 years ago
skiies23
And cavemen did have to worry about money.. or at least a barter system... which is a HUGE headache whenever you try that kind of system.

Ok, that's enough from me.
Posted by skiies23 9 years ago
skiies23
If I may add, whether we have it better than the cavemen or not:

We live longer. :-D
Posted by Miserlou 9 years ago
Miserlou
This could have turned into an argument about what is the essence of a good life...

Anyway Sloan, interesting debate. You should take skiies23's advice and make debates at least two rounds, because refuting the other person's arguments is half the debate. Best of luck in the civil disobedience debate.
Posted by skiies23 9 years ago
skiies23
Just for future debates, make the debates longer (more rounds). This will give each to refute each other's arguments. A 1-round debate DEFINITELY gives the second person the advantage... especially if the first person doesn't come out with a lot to say, which you really didn't Sloan.

Anyway, interesting topic. Wish there was more meat to the discussion...
Posted by Sloan 9 years ago
Sloan
Well this is my first debate, and I don't expect to win, but I would encourage you to vote on my Civil Disobedience debate.
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