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Would you ever want to live in the Victorian era?

Asked by: Adam2
  • Highly misunderstood time

    It was an age of Imperialism, new discoveries, new frontiers, progressivism, and high moral standards. The Victorian Era can easily be taken for granted but people don’t seem to realize that we owe our entire world to the Victorians. You like sewers? Thank the Victorians. Medicine, Refrigeration, Automobiles, Industrialism, Telephones, Telegraphs, Electricity, and so much more were invented by these brilliant people. Imperialism was arguably the best thing that could have happened to this world. Yes I am well aware of the many atrocities committed by Europeans, however look at what they gave the world. They spread European ideals across the planet (technology), Democracy, and made the world you live in comfortable, and you call them “Evil” and “Bigoted”. Although officially abolished in 1833 for the British Empire, it was during the Victorian Era that slavery was finished off globally. While all civilizations and nations have done some form of slavery, only one has stopped it- Europeans. This time was full of excitement, we weren’t slaves to our technology (which by the way has gotten so bad, people are killing themselves because they are depressed from using it so much. Modern technology has been proven time and time again to reduce happyness. Have you ever sat inside all day playing video games or watching TV and felt bad at the end of the day?). Women were given more and more rights during this time and were not “oppressed” like you feminists believe. In fact, most women didn’t want the right to vote in all western nations. Women were actually happier then than they are now as proven by many studies. (Actually it would seem more people were happier then than now). People often brand the Era as “sad” or “depressing”. Nonsense. It was full of energy and nostalgia about the constant new inventions coming to their lives. Look at a picture of England in 1800 vs 1900. Big difference. The working class were often living in terrible conditions yes however, still better than that of any time before hand. People had more fulfillment in life in those days as well. Have you ever worked very hard outside for an entire day and felt good about yourself? The Victorians had that every day for their entire lives. The so called “sad” pictures have an explanation as well. Pictures were seen as a serious event, due to them being rather tough and expensive to make, so most families would often wait to take photos until a loved one died, so they could have one last look at what they looked like. Their culture is often seen as “depressing” however, was actually quite happy. The reason why we see it as depressing is because we live in an entirely different time, with a different idea of what fun is. The Victorians thought of the paranormal and the unknown as we think of video games and a movie. Death was a common part of their time, so they would often make fun of it.

  • Completely misunderstood time (cont’d)

    This is a continuation of my previous argument - Their morality is often seen as “obsolete” and “horrible” however this goes to a much deeper scale than most have a knowledge of. Going away from just the Victorians to all of world history, you see trends that always come up. Whenever a society has more enforced gender roles, higher morality, and is more traditional, the better it tends to do. If you want evidence look at how much the Victorians accomplished in just 63 years from 1837-1900. Now look at us today. How much are we really figuring out? We are going through a civilizational existential crisis. Other than the development of modern technology like iPhones, and Smart TVs (which keep in mind make us more depressed), we aren’t developing anything new. A refrigerator is still a refrigerator from 80 years ago. Electricity still electricity, and a record still a record. (Yes I am aware that they are more efficient now but the concepts have not changed at all). Lastly there is this idea that the “Victorians hated everyone but straight white males”. Women were given so many rights during this time, I don’t think that is a fair statement. Homosexuality was looked down upon highly (which again is traditional meaning civilizational prosperity), but they were not “burned at the stake”, as they had for nearly all of history in most areas of the world. They were mostly shunned by society, and was even seen as not too large of an issue if they kept it secret and hidden from all eyes. There was nothing wrong with being gay, rather there was something wrong with acting upon it. Blacks and minorities were given far better treatment during this time than any other in history. Because they were subjects of colonial empires, they were given all the things the Victorian era gave us technologically. Slavery was also ended. While it was not perfect, I would say it was a far more exciting, and happy time to live in. However the “No” argument does have some good points. While they did have much more technology and higher standards of living than any other point in history, we have ever been technology and higher standards of living. Life expectancy is also much higher nowadays. We are more easily able to travel, and we never have to worry about food (although that was mostly gone by the Victorian era as well anyways with a few exception such as the Irish potato famine, which if it had struck just 100 years previous, would have been far more devistating). I rest my case. Feel free to argue. If you want evidence I can provide many source from internet sources, books, and documentaries. Sorry for the long post, and thank you for reading. Good Day

  • Entirely misunderstood time

    It was an age of Imperialism, new discoveries, new frontiers, progressivism, and high moral standards. The Victorian Era can easily be taken for granted but people don’t seem to realize that we owe our entire world to the Victorians. You like sewers? Thank the Victorians. Medicine, Refrigeration, Automobilies, Industrialism, Telephones, Telegraphs, Electricity, and so much more were invented by these brilliant people. Imperialism was arguably the best thing that could have happened to this world. Yes I am well aware of the many atrocities committed by Europeans, however look at what they gave the world. They spread European ideals across the planet (technology), Democracy, and made the world you live in comfortable, and you call them “Evil” and “Bigoted”. Although officially abolished in 1833 for the British Empire, it was during the Victorian Era that slavery was finished off globally. While all civilizations and nations have done some form of slavery, only one has stopped it- Europeans. This time was full of excitement, we weren’t slaves to our technology (which by the way has gotten so bad, people are killing themselves because they are depressed from using it so much. Modern technology has been proven time and time again to reduce happyness. Have you ever sat inside all day playing video games or watching TV and felt bad at the end of the day?). Women were given more and more rights during this time and were not “oppressed” like you feminists believe. In fact, most women didn’t want the right to vote in all western nations. Women were actually happier then than they are now as proven by many studies. (Actually it would seem more people were happier then than now). People often brand the Era as “sad” or “depressing”. Nonsense. It was full of energy and nostalgia about the constant new inventions coming to their lives. Look at a picture of England in 1800 vs 1900. Big difference. The working class were often living in terrible conditions yes however, still better than that of any time before hand. People had more fulfillment in life in those days as well. Have you ever worked very hard outside for an entire day and felt good about yourself? The Victorians had that every day for their entire lives. The so called “sad” pictures have an explanation as well. Pictures were seen as a serious event, due to them being rather tough and expensive to make, so most families would often wait to take photos until a loved one died, so they could have one last look at what they looked like. Their culture is often seen as “depressing” however, was actually quite happy. The reason why we see it as depressing is because we live in an entirely different time, with a different idea of what fun is. The Victorians though of the paranormal and the unknown as we think of video games and a movie. Death was a common part of their time, so they would often make fun of it.

  • You all got it wrong

    Most of you people don't seem to realize that the Victorian era lasted for decades, from when Victoria took the crown in 1837 till her death in 1901. So that's over five decades of changing infrastructure and social norms. You can't say "everyone was racist and bigots and poeople all had slaves." when Slavery in England ended in 1833, and only the US south had slaves till the 1860s. People weren't all depressed, they were modest and actually had morals, something this generation has no consept of.
    So yes, I would readily accept life in the late Victorian era, probably 1880s on.

  • So much Poon

    I believe that it was a time where men get the most puss, and were at their finest, now men are just begging for sex, in the Victorian Era it was so easy, all women were easy and did what they were told, they were basically sex objects, which you can't find in today's times, oh how I wish there were time machines because I would go back in a heartbeat so I could be the puss destroyer of every attractive woman I see

  • There are irreplaceable advantages to living now.

    I LOVE modern plumbing. It is arguably the greatest real contributor to our quality of life. Modern water treatment, and sewage treatment make the largest contributions to individual health. Hot showers and in house running water are irreplaceably pleasant.

    Refrigeration, not just at home, but while food is in storage and in transit, is the only real competitor to water/sewage treatment as the primary contributor to health. It is hard not to like ice cream in the middle of the night.

    The appreciation of diverse cultures, not as distant childlike curiosities, but as standard contributors to art, music, food, and philosophy, and to social circles (as equals) is fun.

    These three factors are things I would have to do without in the Victorian Era, and I truly believe that these art the three greatest contributors to my quality of life. Granted, I would have infinitely more freedom as an American during that period. The twentieth and twenty-first centuries have been a non-stop rush to destroy freedoms we had when government was smaller and did not try to take care of everybody. Even so, freedom is hard to enjoy when one is always sick and dirty.

  • No, a mad era

    I would like to visit it as if there were a time machine but would not like to live during the era. Women were given no actual rights and people would be hanged for the silliest of reasons which are not yet to be blamed on. It was a time of outright arrogance and bigotry. The hatred of autistic people spiked when Victoria took the crown during the 1870s. She is not someone people would have liked to make problems with.

  • Now is the best

    The standard of living now is much better than ever before. Back then disease were treated improperly, women had no rights, it was not progressive, and the BRitish parliament was insane. Maybe for a short period, but live? No...Absolutely not. Now is better than ever before my dear friend.. Now!

  • Bigotry, bigotry and bigotry describes this era

    This was a time when England became a caste system. A time of outright arrogance and bigotry. Hatred of tomboys and autistic people spiked when Victoria took the crown during the 1870s. She hated tomboys and autistic people and intensified British imperialism, and made it even worse. She is not someone to be celebrated.


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