I feel like I don't belong here. Like I was born in the wrong era. People around me are on a different wavelength. I feel like I was supposed to be somewhere else doing something else living a different life.
I feel that way myself. Like I was born 100 years too early or too late. I just do not fit in to the current society.
I feel I should have been born in Dinosaur times.
Yeah,it seems many feel like that(me included,of course) :)
I feel like I´m playing the same game than other people,but with different rules,which makes it impossible to come to an agreement. It´s so frustrating sometimes...feeling not understood at all.
But not fitting in can be considered a good sign: I mean, I really wouldn´t like to be like most people,to have their values,likes,etc. Being a weirdo isn´t that bad after all.
Like a friend says "we´re a big minority". So guys, let´s keep holding! :)
I also feel like this. I think the feeling is similar to how a lot of people have an interest in the end of the world like maybe we all just want to be a part of something special unique or different from everyone else in an extreme way. Sadly if we were in a different time period we probably would feel the same as we do now.
I'd love it if I could get an arranged marriage.
>5 I totally agree.I guess it´s not a matter of time period
>6 What would you get from an arranged marriage?. Imagine having to stand someone absolutely unbearable. I really see no benefit in that...I rather be alone.
No, There's no such thing as belonging in Eras. You were born here, now, and you couldn't have been born nowhere else and in no other time.
I may have been born in this era, but I would have been better off during another time. If I was born during another time, women would not accuse me of setting them back and being a sweet, nice, young lady wouldn't be considered such a bad thing like it is now.
I can understand how you all feel. 1. This world is boreing. There is no adventure here. 2. Seems like everyone is almost the same. Could we have been ment for a different time ? Maybe we where all born in a different era and there was something that we left behind and just cant remember it. Who knows though. No one does. But I can tell you all that there is somethng out there.
Everybody wants to be the Pharaoh, but we'd all end up as slaves building his damn pyramid.
People romanticize olden days, but people had it BAD back them. Most people in the world still do in fact. We are the lucky billion, sheltered from brutal reality. There are more people in the world who have to walk barefoot, than there are who own shoes.
Olden times? THESE are the GOLDEN TIMES.
For the privileged billion, that is.
> ... but we'd all end up as slaves building his damn pyramid.
I think that would suit most people in this thread just fine.
When you're too busy being whipped and worked to death you have no time to consider stupid shit like 'oh this is the wrong era for me'.
>13 It´s true many people have more difficulties than thinking in these topics..you need leisure time for doing that. But it´s pretty narrow-minded of you to think meditating about the deep meaning of life or issues connected with existence is shallow or stupid. The stupid one is who doesn´t think of that even have the time to do it,lol. Of course it´s easier to aboid those problems and play they don´t exist. But that brings serious consequences,worse than physical pain
I attack your central point thusly; with a verbose aimless harangue composed under the veil of a hangover:
You imply that considering the possibility of being born in the wrong time period is somehow deep or meaningful. And also that this is a problem that should not be ignored or else risk serious consequences.
It is not meaningful because it's a line of thought that leads to no useful solutions for everyday life.
As time travel more than likely does not exist or ever will exist, you will never end up in some romanticized era.
The closest you can get is immersing yourself in role playing or when computing becomes advanced enough to handle a convincing virtual world that's not populated with giant talking penises, dive right in. But this is just escapism and fantasy.
It's possible that virtual reality program actually already exists, and that you're in the matrix right now... If so, what are you going to do about it? Nothing, that's what.
Well, maybe a god or goddess plucked your embryonic self out of a dark-age uterus and switched it with your mother's true child. If so, what are you going to do about it? Nothing, that's what.
Of course, if you feel you should have been born in the stone age, there are still places on earth where people live like that. So go join them!
In the same vein of thought that >>12 mentioned, there are new-agers that believe in reincarnation. It seems a large number of these people were Cleopatra in a previous life. Bullshit, obviously they can't all have been Cleopatra. All sorts of people, from dead stupid to brilliantly intelligent, look at these people as narcissistic loons. As they should, the same way you'd look at one of the many people living right now that believe they are the second coming of Jesus.
Of course I don't say considering 'the deep meaning of life or issues connected with existence is shallow or stupid'. That's you putting words in my mouth.
The closest thing to meaningful questions posed by >>1 would be: Has modern technology and social development left us feeling disconnected with the natural world around us, and so each other? Is there some animal need in us to walk naked through the brush, sleep under the stars, and shit in the woods? If so, how can we satisfy this base instinct if we don't take measures to ensure conservation of woodlands, wetlands, rain forests, etc? How can we compassionately maintain an equilibrium of the human population while remaining human ourselves? How long do we have before the size of the human population is no longer sustainable? Can we consider Mars as a possible lifeboat for spaceship Earth?
But none of these are 'Personal Issues'.
I admit you´re right in saying I made some assumptions about the OP´s question. And yes,it´s pretty weird and useless to think "what would have happened if...?". Anyway, I´ve seen it not like a way of creating shallow illusions but considering the feeling of not fitting in, especially about moral values. From this perspective, it can be useful to think in different possible worlds as a chance to make changes in this we´re living in, realizing how conventional almost everything is.
If not, it seems as we should definitely adjust to what we have now. The facts must be a start from a way projecting and generating variations.
As you see, our perspectives are really different. But I found your final questions very interesting. Hope your hangover is not longer there,lol. Greetings :)
Indeed, considering past and possible models when looking to improve our daily lives and community values is a very good way of looking at social change. As long as we remain objective and don't fall into the trap of looking at the past through rose-colored glasses, as the old man in the barber shop goes on about how much better off the world was when he was a boy.
I understand your perspective now, and I can empathize with your line of thought.
Seems like you need an in depth study of astrology. Those who think the newspaper column is astrology will go "haha". Those who know, know.
To pull up your own chart you need to know the time, and place of your birth.
You most likely have an opposition or other so called harsh configuration between one or more of your outer planets and your inner planets. This will cut you off from others in your generation because your viewpoint in that area, or in those situations will become alien to them.
Anyway my opinion is that there is no "wrong" time to be born. But the time, place, and parents you are born to will effect your situation. As is the amount and type of work you put into your own situation.
Plz dont hijack this guys thread to bitch at me about your astrology misconceptions. Thanks.
dude I'm sooooo different than most people i know too
i stand out in the rain and look upwards with my arms spread out just to show the world how unique i am
>Those who know, know.
I'm not judging you, don't act all smartysmarts in my face.
I was standing out in the rain looking upwards with my arms spread out before it was cool.
I feel as if I'm too stupid to be in this era. I have such trouble with even the simplest of tasks because they just seem too complex. English is the only thing I have ever been moderately good at, but I don't enjoy it and I'm too stupid to do anything else.
Don't worry man, I don't think you're going to have a problem finding completely unskilled jobs
I think not belonging to this era is caused by your own mind. It has nothing to do with the outside world, as you form your own opinions and thoughts..
I do feel like i dont belong, but i have realized that it is not to do with the time, but my self.
I think that the level on which we think, is different and more advanced from the others, this is why we question things. By questioning everything one is not able to accept the present reality and is forced to be an outsider mentaly.
..This is just my own opinion.
>25 Yes,maybe you´re right. Sometimes questioning that much becomes a problem to me,lol. I mean, sometimes I wish I could stop thinking
So.... what type of era and place would you think you'd fit in?
mine would probably be anywhere from 60's to 90's I think. and here in the U.S.
Interesting comments from all of you on this topic. I get the impression you are all fairly young. I am in my fifties but have had a feeling for quite some time that I belong to an earlier time, a specific time...early 1900s. I dont know why I feel that way. At first I thought it was because of my love of history and that I read a lot of history but I almost never have read about that time frame. My reading is all about ancient history but I am still drawn to and feel I could understand the people of the early 1900s. The feeling is so strong that I have thought about the whole reincarnation thing but it goes against everything I was raised to believe. I dont expect any answers from this, its just my two cents worth. I guess if any ideal result would come of this comment would be to find someone else drawn to the era to talk to.
man do you even know what a fucking wavelength is?
jesus go to school
fuck people like you piss me off
maybe if you socialized just a little more maybe you could actually get laid.
The Bear - dont be an ass
So, how many boards do you plan to troll before going out and doing something useful? :)
Guys! listen to this song :)
I wish I was a punk rocker - by Sandi Thom
Am familiar with it. Liked it a lot when I was recovering from depression. Except for the retarded line "computers were still scary". They never bloody were, at least for me.
There is a word for this sensation. I was searching for it when I came across this board. It is really great to see so many others that feel like I do. And for all you haters on the board, I do not romanticize any particular era. I am pretty sure I would feel just as isolated and alien-like in any era. If you have never felt the sensation of not belonging to this time, then you truly have no idea how hard and painful it can be.
It's called adolescence. When you grow up you will realise that every adult around you understands what you are going through, because they have been through it themselves.
I agree and disagree. It's more like a natural discontentment than simply adolescence, because I somehow doubt that most people feel the era particular. I know plenty who wished they had been born in a different era. The 00's, the 1890's, the 50's, it doesn't matter when, only that there is a feeling of discontent with their present. With culture and their place in it. It's a big world, filled with small people.
For me it's a little more subtle, as if I was born a tad bit early.
i dont feel like I belong to this society , it seems to me that the length people took trying to reach new goals and heights through science are being brought down mainly by under achievers who want to find a reason behind their existence through their blind following of religion , or sheer believe in their illogical perceptions about life, discrimination and utilization of poor people is too common , the world is running a mock and no one cares unless they get a cut out of it .
You guys do realize that what is reflected in popular media isn't the whole of today's society, right? There are places that surely cater to your own perspective, you have just got to be willing to find them.
If you guys want to live in a world with values like >>10 for instance, why don't you just move to a more conservative place?
I am myself curious only mildly about the future, not the past but I find thinking about the subject interesting. And would like to add a small tangent to the thread...
What about different cultures in the modern era? I have been very lucky in that I have been able to travel to different countries with vastly different cultures. I have seen that some aspects of cultures other than the one that I grew up with can feel more "suitable" for me. Of course my thoughts can be only misconceptions. There are so many environmental variables one can modify by choosing where one lives; such as how open people are, how people behave in bars and on the streets to strangers, do they talk much, does their country or city see a lot of tourists etc.
Here are some countries with very different cultures that I have had some experiences with, compare them in your head (stereotypes help): Canada, Scotland, France, Sweden, Syria, The Netherlands, Ukraine. The differences from city to city can also be massive. Edinburgh/Glasgow - Paris/Nice - New York/Los Angeles (no personal experience there) - you get my drift.
In that list alone there are vast differences in how the culture works and how people interact. It IS possible to influence your life experience by trying to find what culture suits for you. Yes, moving is extremely difficult and some cultures might not accept "outsiders" - I'm just trying to make a point. I myself want to move from my native country, but my research on where to settle is still very much unfinished.
Also, >>18 palmface.jpg
I totally believe that you can be born in the wrong era! People who think otherwise are too narrow minded. I also believe people can be born the wrong gender, have past lives e.c.t. The body is a mortal thing but the soul is free. Maybe our bodies have been brought into the right time but sometimes our souls belong else where. Its not a case of WANTING to live in another era just because you like the way they dress, the music, society e.c.t, its truly believing you should be there, sometimes for reasons you cannot truly understand or know yourself. To me, the only way I can describe it is like having the feeling of wanting to be home, as if you have been on holiday. Even though your holiday may have great, there is nothing like being home, because you belong there. You feel like the time era you believe you belong in is like home, but only you can't go home.
make any sense?
Just the internet, total availability of information and instantaneous worldwide communications is enough that I would never want to live in another time than this.
Sometimes I do feel bored or lonely, but imagine what my life would be like if I lived in the 70s/80s and had no social life. Infinitely worse.
To me, the issue is not that I do not fit in. I'm what is stereotypically labeled as being "popular" among my friends and high school/etc. So I wouldn't necessarily want to avoid the life I have right now, but at the same time I desire a different one. Maybe not a different life so to speak, but a different experience. I guess what I'm trying to say is I want to become a spectator throughout history. It's difficult to describe what I'm trying to say, so it's most likely also difficult to interpret.
It's immaterial really. We have much better access to anything and everything from the 20th century now than I would have had living in, say, 1972. And since most people's idea of the past nowadays is derived from books, internet resources and the like, you are effectively wishing to transport yourself to a place and time that never really existed.
...this. Simply because you lack a specific group of friends or colleagues you can discuss your interests with does not imply you're some how a woeful intellect born in the wrong era. Yes, thanks to media a lot of people are drones without a mind, but there are millions of academic, well educated, informed people as well.
In fact, I think in an age of instantaneous communication between individuals (thanks to the internet), the whole argument can be thrown out the window. It's extremely easy to connect with people, digitally or physically.
>>>>don't act all smarty-smarts
I used to think this when I was younger... but then I started to "outgrow" it. The OP is more than likely confusing "era" with "culture" as this thread has discussed.
i think think we feel we dont belong in this time is because of reincarnation. after our previous selves died they did not transition over completely to their new life, thus giving us the feeling like we belon in a different era altogether.
i always get the feeling that i just won't be comfortable until i have a sword at my hip.
and what the hell happend to fighting your battles honourably? used to be you had to face your problems, now you can just kill them from 200 yards.
I am one of the busiest people I know, yet unlike someone here implied is next to impossible, I have no trouble forming my own thoughts regardless of external demands. And just now sat down, and, out of curiousity, typed in "don't belong in this era"... because that's me... and got this thread. I do very well in this era... but have always... since childhood... simply felt alien amongst all the modern trappings and environments, wonderful and amazing though they be. "Home" to me is 100s of years ago. I get homesick a lot!! Nothing can be done about that. So, I do the best I can. And joined the SCA...!! Mr/Ms #48, that may also be your cup of... mead...! ;O)
I think I agree with the OP, I feel I do not belong, but not necessarily the era, but the society.
I feel as if I walk through life, job to job, making some employer rich, thinking of doing my own thing but live in a society that punishes success. It seems the more successful you are, the more likely you are to get sued.
It is not the era, but human society. It sucks.
What can I do about it? Nothing. I just go to work, raise my kid, try and be happy with my wife and just go from there. I am done trying to succeed. It is not worth it.
I have a lot of friends and I'm considered popular, but I have this feeling all the time. Sometimes it's like I'm drowning in it. It's not because I don't have friends...I actually have a lot. So I'm pretty sure it's legitimate...like not just something people who don't have a social life feel. Sometimes, for me, it gets so bad that I can't hang out or go to parties and when I'm at parties or with friends I just want to leave. I feel wretched. I just long to live in a simpler time maybe a few decades back like the 40s or 50s. Maybe I'm just kind of disgusted with society in general, but everything feels very artificial to me.
Do what you want, be a trendsetter! That's what I try to do. Even if I wasn't the most popular person in High School, I found that people loved my ideas. If you feel like you're on a different wavelength than the rest of the people around you, don't let it bother you. Try to find people who are just as put off as you. If not, well... keep doing what you do. It can't hurt. Keeping that "woe is me I'm a dying breed" mentality will only bring you misery.
I heartily dislike the era I live in. Honestly, I do think I would be more at home in ages long past. As much as I love technology,ultimately,I think it has weakened us as a species.
ITT: misanthropic faggots baww about the rest of the world.
Suck it up, ya pansies.
I feel like i dont belong. I fit in at school, I fit in with my family but i just dont feel right. I feel mad but happy at the same time. I feel week but strong. I feel like my mind is trying to tell me some thing but i cant find out what its saying. no matter what I do no matter where I go i just dont feel right.
The only way to bring about change in this world is though the eyes of the alienated man.
I completly agree. I hate this Era so much. I feel I don't connect, and I thought I was the only one that thinks this but there are so many of you. I think we all feel, if this makes sense.. Uncomplete. There is nothing in this world that can fill us so we look upon other Era's and suddenly with get a feeling of belonging. I believe ( some of you wont and its understandable ) In recarnation. And I think ( my opinion ) that we have recarnated in this Era but we feel lost and insecure. And you know what I think? Even though it makes no sense and you can't even justify this theory.. I hope and think after this life.. we will go back to our previous Era. I mean thats something I cling on too, because this is whats getting me through this damn world.. that dream.
You are just a teenager
Teens think of these stuff all the time
has anybody thought that maybe you are just plain different? "I'm from a different era..blah, blah, blah." People are desperately trying to be noticed. We live in an attention hunger society and want to be accepted. Could it be that you feel you're from a different era due to the following reasons. A.ego centric B. anti-social and can't get along with different generations millenials,Gen X, Baby boomers and Traditionalist. C. Depressed and in need of meds E. introverted F.-en retar. If you are different use your "special" differences for the good and find out some way to help Japan with their tsunami and quake catastrophy right now.
I also do the same as sage! When its rain i can stand and do exercises or simply stand and watch the stars and i don't care if crowd stares at me! You know most people act like puppets! They don't feel it! The spirit of life! They are just manioulated by massmedia and other shit! So people who feel like they don't belong to this century are truly 'gold in mud' its because in previous lifes they very mostly on island far away from civilization eating fruits with apes!
Good luck all!
I don't feel as though I was born in the 'wrong' era, but rather that I would be happier living in more simpler times. Don't get me wrong, I am really grateful for modern technology, but I could probably live without it as well. In order to keep up with the fast changes in society, we've become more like machines ourselves- unfeeling, inconsiderate and mechanical. The denial of our emotions and of genuine personal interactions has contributed to (but not necessarily caused) emotional and mental health problems in society. People don't communicate and use social etiquette like they used to. It's strange because I really appreciate the convenience of modern technology but at the same time I find it confusing and impersonal. For example, it took me such a long time to obtain my driver's license. I also struggle with understanding things like the stock market, etc. How the hell does it all work?
I don't think that liking a certain era's music or fashion style is substantial enough to warrant that person the desire to live in a different time period. An era is not defined by it's music scene, but rather, in my humble opinion, by it's social values and codes of conduct.
When I go to my house I feel home and not home at the same time, and i'm so sick of waking up and remembering it's another day in 2011. Another thing that sickens me is people wearing t-shirts and jeans who have no respect (like they used to) think your crazy or loony for being respectful and mannerly yourself. I don't act at all like I was born when I actually was. I act rather like I was born 100 years earlier. Go on, drive your cars.... pollute the Earth until there is no more Earth.
I don't belong in any era lol
I always wanted a normal, calm life. Me, I had to find out the hard way that sometimes that never happens to unwanted kids,
or kids that dont belong.People see themselves who have to grow up, go to college, meet a guy, and have a couple of babys
here and there. I look at the world differently, I see people run by money, and the desire that without money, people or even
you would not be who you want to be or who you already are today. But me I don't want to be like that, I dont know what I
want to be or what I am. Somtimes I ask my mother if I was ever adopted, but she says no. It feels like I was meant for
something.I always ask myself this question, Who am I?
Who am I?
There are a lot of times that I feel like I was born in the wrong era, especially when I get to wear costumes back in the olden days. Somehow, it just feels right.
I have felt out of time all my life. I know farm life is ruggled and difficult, but somehow I see myself living off the land, having animals, and a garden.
So after 50+ years I moved to a small place in the country and have been here 4 years. I have sheep, chickens,an orchard, and a garden. I'm living in the middle of the worst drought in Texas history, but I'm happier than I've ever been. I drive 2 hours a day, four day a week, to keep my job in the city. But when I'm at home I am in harmony with nature. I know when to put a Purple Martin house out and when to put Hummingbird feeders up. I've learned a thousand things about my animals.
I can make homemade bread and egg noodles and canning veggies from the garden. I've picked and eaten dandelion greens.
My world is not a total calm, but I have a peaceful place in it.
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i hate all the ipod laptop things and the music these days, and im 17 i woul love to be 17 in 1970 to see cat stevens or 1994
>>68: your story is really cool, thanks for sharing!
>>69 Dohoho 69, dohohoho, dohohohoho 69.
Anyway, I'm an INFP, what is my problem?
lets see the problem is no matter what we try we never fit in and never accepted i have never belonged to any where so dont you think that their is always someone that feels the same way which make u fit in but me i will never fit in anywhere im way to diffrent to anyone on planet earth you are all lucky u dont have to move from town to town on a weekly basis never getting to know anyone or a chance to have any friends just to only have your self to keep you companie
your problem is that you perceive everything through your feelings.
No, no; S/N is the data processing axis. T/F is the decision making axis.
Read up on this stuff more.
Omg I have the same feeling, sometimes I feel like I've been living life for 30 years when I'm actually still a teen. It's not like my life has been rough or anything but everything just seems to be really off.
i feel i dnt belong here on this planet...i dnt belong to ppl...i have a good social life...but even since i was a kid i felt like a stranger.....even with my friends and we are laughing so hard and having such a good time...im the guy who everyone calls when they are going through hard time and im the funny guy but as soon i moved from where i used to live....it took me a while to make friends but i did and still im the guy who they wud call if they are feeling down...i consider my self a counselor...i feel like the world is such a bad place and i feel i just wanna escape from here...i aslo feel that i dnt belong to anywhere even when im with ppl i like or my friends i wud feel i just wanna leave so bad i dnt belong here...i like to observe people a lot and see how they react and think and do stuff...its funny and ironic and actually sad.
>>78 Actually, it's often easier to criticize than to appreciate. In all places and times it has always been easier to say that the world is crap rather than to notice beauty. That's what makes artists so precious and powerful. They can show you the wonder in what you were mindlessly dismissing.
Sure, watching people behave is sad, but also wonderful, amazing, disgusting, captivating on the whole. So try to change a bit the tune of your internal narrator, and look for the bits of special in the environment that surrounds you.
Also, the world is big, you probably need to meet new people, try new things, and perhaps open yourself a bit more to others. Usually people who think everyone around them is stupid are the ones who have a problem.
i dnt think they are stupid and i dnt have pride and i dont look down on people but there isnt any more beauty in this world...i have a negative idea on the world cu i listen to a lot of ppl...some have parents who dnt care...some got molestered and some got sexually abused when they were 13 yrs old....yeah i like nature and ive met a lot of new ppl since i moved and still i meet every weekend a couple...i talked to a lot of my best friends about my issues...no one really seem to understand or help...im going to a pschaitrist soon...ive always felt like i dnt belong...im 18 yrs in 2011 and i listen to pink floyd frank sinatra bob dylan and a lot more old music...i dnt believe in recarnation and all this bullshit...i think a lot of ppl in my skool are funny how the black hangs with the black and white with white and good looking ppl hang with good looking people...and they think they are friends lmaoo...its not about relating to each other..also i like to observe the alphain any groups...i never was an alpha and i dnt want to be one...and again i dnt look down on people...i just find it sad what have my generation have come to....one of the stuff that bothers me when couple celebrate 1 month..for gods sake thats bullshit man i mean come one really ?? and thnx a lot for responding :)
Well, perhaps you don't have pride, but there is a lot of arrogance in saying that there isn't any more beauty in this world. I mean, just pick up a pebble or even a bit of concrete on the street. If you look at it keenly enough, you'll see how incredibly beautiful it is. Same for all the insects crawling around. Notice the movements of your body, the shapes and colors you can see with your eyes. You are mentally blind, if you can't notice the wonder that those things are.
I won't deny there's crap in the world, and sexual abuse is high on the crap list. You seem to have had issues with it, and I would never minimize the trauma that it represents. Whatever your issues are, pain, disease and suffering are part of the human experience. When you can't manage them by yourself, it's ok (actually it's a duty) to get help, and it's good that you will get some. But even if you are sick or in pain you have to master the strength to appreciate beauty around you. This is what we need to do to avoid bitterness, which is one of the worst life poisons.
Look, as a teenager I also listened to Pink Floyd, and lots of oldies, but then I also realized that I liked a lot of contemporary music - just not mainstream music, that's all. There are many people in the world, and some are bound to produce stuff that is more suited to your tastes. So don't get too hung up on a past/present opposition. As for friends, it really boils down to create authentic relationships. If you are smart enough to notice the clique system at work, you are smart enough to transcend that system, and develop friendships that are meaningful to you. I never liked cliques, always avoided being part of one, and I picked as friends people who seemed interesting and not clique drones. If you don't like the rules, play by your own rules, but be ready to think by yourself.
im not blind....im realistic and lol nope i dnt have issues with sexual abuse i have issues with an abusive father (physical) and the world,,did u read the catcher in the rye....i relate a lot to holden caullfield for some reason and latelt my best friend told me that and i was shocked actually..and no man music sucks and i am an artist i write poetry about everything and recently i burned my death and suicide poems...i used to get high to write poetry and evenwhen im sober i wud write not as equally good but also good stuff...i controlled drugs or weed
I responded once before to this thread and I more convinced I was born in the wrong era. I have almost nothing in common with my fellow man and I just cannot understand why people like sports, crappy art, or why American society wishes to be Israel's slaves. Not to mention corrupt religions why I KNOW "god" is nothing more than fairy tale, like Rumpelstiltskin and Snow White. These people are about to destroy the world in their of their "gods" that REAL intelligent people know is crap. What is wrong with this planet?
If your problem is with religion, you're better off born in this era than any other. It's okay to be an open atheist unless you live somewhere shithouse crazy like Iran. All the extreme religious people in America do is complain about such people, but at least they don't burn them anymore.
>>84 although I agree with you that this is the best time to be an atheist, one should also have a more nuanced view of the past. For instance, Buddhism has been prevalent in vast stretches of Asia for the last 2.5 thousand years, and is basically incompatible with the belief of an omnipotent immortal being. According to Buddhist tenets, even if there were to be superhuman beings, they would be at best self-deluded, if they believed or claimed they are immortal and omnipotent. Of course, because of the non-confrontational attitude of Buddhism towards other beliefs, many Buddhists have kept their original gods, but you can equally well practice Buddhism while being an atheist. Also in many parts of Asia (India and probably China), it was ok for you to be openly atheist, there are very old examples of that.
In the ancient West things were a bit more complicated. There were quite a lot of openly atheists among philosophers and educated people, and religion was mostly ceremonial, which means that nobody cared whether you really believed in the gods, as long as you respected the rites. But because these rites were thought to be important in maintaining social integrity, you could get into trouble if you publicly criticized them (as Socrates death sentence illustrated).
Real trouble for atheists came with the rise of abrahamic religions as state religions, because this instituted a generalised thought police. Now you could get into serious trouble simply by not believing in a god almighty. This suppressed for centuries any open discussion of atheism in Christian and Muslim states, but you were still mostly fine in more Eastern regions (India, China, etc).
I feel like I should be in a era where I live off the land and don't have big gov sating you cant you cant you cant...Its my life screw the gov
I'm 15 and I don't like my current life, which I think is my main motivation for wanting to be in a different era. So many wonderful and momentous things happened in these times. The sinking of the Titanic, which though was a tragedy was probably a life improving experience for the people who survived it.
I think I'm lazy in this life. I don't appreciate it like I should. The bad things about being in the Victorian times, if you were rich, was arranged marriages and being trapped into a life you don't want. If you were poor, you suffered and died. But there were good things. One simple thing is that you didn't have to have money to be near horses and ride them. It's the same in this life. I'm free now, but I'm not sure if I want to be. I have the life other people would want, and I'm grateful for that, but I don't enjoy it. So what's the point of me even having it?
It's thanks to things that happened in the past that makes us where we are now. I would have just liked to have been a PART of it, done something important with my life, been famous like Emily Pankhurst was for getting women the vote.
I don't relate to people like I should. It's not that I don't belong in this era; I just don't deserve it.
>>87 You should take a fresh view at your own era. There are plenty of portentous events taking place now. Agreed, the Concordia can't compare to the Titanic, but we are changing the entire globe's climate (the arctic sea routes are even opening), and will soon run out of cheap oil, which sustains food production for our bulging population. Don't worry, we'll see plenty of interesting things in the years to come.
Also do remember that Victorians were notoriously nostalgic: they spent their times aspiring for a previous, simpler age (Arthur and his knights were all the rage, then), were into gothic stuff (Bram Stoker's Dracula, many neo-gothic buildings were then built).
As for deserving your life, many important events will be decided by what the current generations do, so there's plenty to do, if you want to payback some of your good luck, and help build a liveable future for the generations to come.
This has mostly to do with the fact that we notice things in tis life that are negative and that we're not comfortaable with.i grew up in the 70's but consider myself an 80's person.the 80's were totally different.the music and culture,hadn't accepted rap and hip hop as a predominantform of music so the music was rock,mostly new wave or alternative and much better than anything out today.i think if you look back in time,you'll see that when things really got bad in this country,it was the 1994-95 era//this is when evrybody wanted to be african american and the music transitioned on the charts from rock to negatibve and gangsta hip hop and rap.the culture in this country totally changed in those years.i don't think most young people in their 20's and younger,realise just how much nicer and more pleasant the world was before this culture change.this is why you find so many racist people still around.they blame the african american culture for many,if not most of the negative changes.more crime,less disrespect.it's not a coor thing however,it's a culture thing.and it's true.when society was made up of a predominantly white culture,before rap and hip hop and before blacks were 'mingling' heaviy with whites(integration),life,as much as some people don't want to admit it,was really much much nicer and easier and people smiled at one another in social stuations.out shopping in the malls and grocery stores for example.people were outgoingly friendly then.when blacks began to integrate into the whiter parts of town and later ,rap,hip hop,gangsta music and social change and a different social lifestyle emerged among society,social friendliness changed completely...crime levels sky rocketed..violent crime,drug crime,all crime.its been this way since then.this is why so many people say they miss the old days.this usually means before the rap and hip hop days of ghetto integration into our society.while you might consider what i say as being racist,listen to your parents or anyone speak about what it was like in the 70's and 80's compared to today.especially te 80's.of course there will be a person here and there who hated ths decade but anyone raised then(a person in their 40's for example) can tell you what it ws like and the difference in then and today.sometimes the truth sounds racist but facts aren't racist.they're just facts.keep in mind this has to do with culture,not race.the color of people involved is merely consequential./the bottom line is that life was a happier time before 1994 and many wish they could return to earlier days because of it.but if you ask them why,they could easily be thought of as being racist so they don't say much in detail.
I feel extremely unsuited for this day and age ......my cultures differant and as anoughter person said its not adventurous at all theres to many rules and laws theres no freedom to live in the woods or to be happy without tyrant rulers such as obama and every government as a matter of fact .....at least a couple hundred years ago the governments where isolated and you had a choice to be ruled or not but now there are no more choices if your born into a poor family as of me then your fucked unless you pull some mark twain shit ......i dont know anyone that is like me or gets me im an outcast here and i know many of you feel the same way so i propose we all get into contact together so we can discover what we where ment to do because the gods would not put us here without a reason theres a reason for everything even if you dont believe in gods,god, or even the supernatural theres still reasons .....contact me at my email and we can come together and talk and get a group going and see where everything goes ....
I too believe I've been misplaced. I believe I should've been born a peasant girl in the Medieval times, in Europe. Instead I've been born a Upper-Middle class American teenage gal. When I read books on the subject and see relics from it, I can't help but cry. (even in History class... Its embassasing!) I think this "this is not my home, I belong there. I want to go home!" I found this thread because it's getting so bad, i'm so depressed over this fact, I've become suicial and I want to live- maybe. But not here!
>>91 don't be sad. If you grew up as a medieval peasant girl you probably would have died giving birth at 19 at the very latest, or else of the plague.
I too, like medieval stuff, but such senses come only for a lack of God in your lives, turn to Jesus.
Yes, in the past I also tought this wouldn't do a thing, I was wrong.
I also feel like im in the wrong time period. Even though i am a Muslim and i do not believe in reincarnation but i feel as if i was born in a different time, and i still belong there, as if i've left something behind. Nothing feels right for me at the moment, relationships, places etc, they are just not easy for me to deal with because i don't feel connected. And for some odd reason i'd rather be living as people did back in the ancient medievel times rather than now in this modern world. I seem to dislike and disagree with everything that goes on these days.
I wish I was born into the Victorian middle/upper class. I respect their attitudes and morals more, even if they were a bit over-the-top at times.
i wish i was born in the year 2153.by the we would be in space,realize the human potential,school would actually be fun(im a teen)and girls would dress more futuristic-fashion and more revealing.digimon would exist and life would be perfecto!
I feel just like Saira
i think i am born in the wrong place, i live in WoW and should have stayed there. it sucks everytime i need to disconnect,
Wow browsing through some of the replies on here are entertaining! I am from the future 2012 since this is an old topic lol I really liked the one reply someone said about standing in the rain staring up at the sky if i saw someone doing that I'd be like what the fuck. Thanks for the laugh.
>>1>>1i feel lost..... can anyone understand me???
i dont feel like i should be here, when i talk to friends about how i feel they think i mean death... suicide but i dont i just dont feel like this is my time, i have no connection whatsoever to this life i dont even have a connection of any kind with my blood family as i feel i dont belong. in this day and age it is widely aknowlaged that u can be born in to the wrong body..... if that is the case then surley u can be born into the wrong time zone?.
Yeah, this era does suck in quite a few ways. The decline of human interaction, and decay of reading/writing abilities due to mobile devices and "text speak" sucks - those in the past were far better spoken without such distractions.
The sucky, repetitive quality music has taken on also makes this a crummy era. In the past, you could trace major developments in music ranging from stuff like the Beatles/Stones/Hendrix 60's to the hard/prog/glam etc. 70's, to the distinct 80's right up to grunge. Now, for the most part, mainstream music is just a grinding miasma of overproduced pop and derivative rap. History and progression in music has just halted, much like the way fashion has stagnated in comparison to developments in the 20th century.
There's now a wiki for people who have the feeling they don't belong in this world, or at least not anywhere in it now. Seems like there's quite a few of us, but only a couple have contributed so far. Are we so different, except for this feeling, that we can't really form much of a group? Or can we join hands and make a bit of a different world of our own together?
Yep, same shit.
>The decline of human interaction
I agree with this, I feel like most of the people I interact with are emotionally stunted in some way. Probably because a growing proportion of human contact now is over the internet, which disconnects people from others, or at least makes it easier to ignore how you might affect them.
I used to think that this "glorious future" is going someday reach me. No matter how much I rise and improve it doesn't seem to come.
Once believed that I was actually born in the wrong era and being born 30 years earlier might have been a happier and more well ajusted person.
But no, something is fucked up with me personally in any time to be born in
Well, that's right because you are still a teen.
Well I'm a programmer by trade, but I don't really like what modern computing has become. Things seemed more exciting in the 80's, with a thriving ecosystem of different computer architectures. It was especially nice here in France (and rest of Europe), because there wasn't any kind of "video game crash" event that allowed the market to consolidate into the hands of only a few players. Instead, in the mid-to-late 80's we had ZX Spectrum machines coexisting with Apple II's, Amstrad CPC's, Atari ST, Amiga, IBM PC and clones, various french stuff, and even MSX machines.
But now, just like everywhere else, it's just PC clones everywhere. There is really nothing cool or exciting on the horizon, and never anything revolutionary like the Amiga.
I've used Linux, and BSD (and still do) but even that doesn't satisfy me. The systems keep getting more complex and bloated every year. Web browsers of course are totally ridiculous now. The standards are also over-complicated. Instead of simple serial and parallel ports (which are very easy to program and write drivers for), we now how this USB monster that I'm positive nobody has ever written a bug-free implementation. Besides that, a lot of modern hardware is difficult to write drivers for in general. So even if you were to try and write your own OS (as the TempleOS guy has attempted), it would be an impossible task to make it run on anything but VMWare or other virtual machine.
Frankly, I think the computer world really needs a crash that resets everything and does away with all this x86/Windows madness, to allow simpler and better designs to exist. With some luck, maybe having all this exploitable microcode everywhere (and the inevitable consequences) will force people to re-evaluate their attachment to this platform. I'm probably only dreaming though...
>>28 I'm 15 and feel the exact same! I belong somewhere in the 20th century, preferably early to mid. I thought the same but since I was a toddler I had memories from that time.
I feel deprived of the future.
When I was a kid, I would see movies and stuff with dial-up modems and outdated mobile phones, people using Windows 95 computers and older kids playing with game-boys. To me, that's what I would have when I grew up. I was going to be a teenager one day, and I would have a pentium laptop or an iBook with a cable to get online, a Game Boy Color, etc.
Even now from time to time, I'll go through some 90s computing stuff and it still feels fundamentally like the future that was being promised to me, like it's still going to arrive one day. I habitually buy random 90s game consoles and some old computers because of this, but they never achieve that important feeling of it actually being real because that's not the time I'm living in, and modern websites don't work on old hardware most of the time.
Even more rationally, when I look at political history there are so many instances where I get the most horrible feeling that we went wrong, we took the wrong route and it doomed us. These are all very boring though. In summary, it feels governments have surrendered their primary economic powers to improve the well-being of the majority of people, trivializing politics and leaving us heading down a very scary path. Throw in the growing spectre of surveillance and things start to look very nasty.
I sometimes get the same feeling looking at old internet cultural artefacts from <2010, that too is a future that is being promised to me but not coming. UMPCs and the like gave way to smartphones, but I still fell like since I live in the future I should have a UMPC. I'll never get what I want, But I'm stuck with it: The future isn't coming.
There is a short story by William Gibson you might like, "The Gernsback Continuum." It is about the last time a gulf between the promised future and what was ultimately realized developed. It is named for Hugo Gernsback, the editor of early science fiction pulp magazines, most notably Amazing Stories. http://lib.ru/GIBSON/r_contin.txt