As each generation passes, we learn more about who we are, and the world we live in. You would think we'd constantly be improving, but sometimes that just isn't the case. Sometimes our ancestors just got it better than we did, and we have to try to live up to them. No pressure.

RandomDude72636 asked: What is the one thing our ancestors did better than us today?


That's nuts.

"The fact that they somehow found out that Cashew nuts are tasty as f**k. The shell is poisonous, the oil from the shell is poisonous, the nut is ok. If you pick one, shell it and eat it you will get a poison ivy type reaction everywhere it touched you."

Jacilund

A lost art form.

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"Handwriting, I've found. It's not universal, but from what I've seen, the younger you go the worse the handwriting gets."

StylishSuidae

That hits hard.

"Forming social circles where everyone supports each other. In the past it was much more difficult for people to feel lonely."

WildlifeAnalysis92

Nowadays, they're more sheltered.

"Parents let their kids have some autonomy. Kids today are supervised 24/7 and I have to sign their homework every day. How about letting these kids sink or swim on their own a little bit so they can learn to fix problems on their own?"

plebeian_lifestyle

More skill was required.

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"The blacksmiths back then were definitely more skilled then the ones today by far! Modern blacksmiths might produce better work, but only due to better tools. and modern blacksmiths definitely aren't as talented at engraving as medieval blacksmiths were.

As a modern blacksmith myself, my mind is blown how they could produce such amazing sophisticated weaponry with the tools they had."

Slav_Vapor

A sad truth.

"Eating. They didn't shove a bunch of highly-processed garbage in their face- our ancestors ate real whole foods."

TrueLuminescence

The more you know.

"Grip strength.

Humans have been re-speccing grip strength for thousands of years ever since moving out of the more primitive ages where one would need to climb mountains, fashion tools, and club animals to death as a way of life. And millions of years ago when our genetic ancestors of different species used to swing from and climb in trees, it was as essential then to possess such a brawn.

But now even between a single generation of humans our grip strength has diminished. Millennials have roughly 20% weaker grip strength than their same-age counterparts thirty years ago. This may be due to many factors ranging from a shift to engaging in technologies that do not require such power capacities to being coddled more in upbringing by parents wishing to guard their children against facing adversities."

BMB012887

They're real.

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"Not having to worry about the lizard people."

LordPyhton

How the times have changed.

"Stay in shape. Back in ye ol' days, being fat was a status symbol since you were rich enough to eat like a bastard all day long.

Being skinny or muscular was really only for peasants who had to do manual labor for a living or were actively starving."

SheZowRaisedByWolves

That's fair.

"Getting high. I mean, they had coke in coke."

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"Mirror, mirror on the wall, who is the hottest and dumbest of them all?"

I know that is not verbatim the original quote, but it is close to the original.

Brains and beauty are always intertwined.

So often people confess about wanting to be more of the other.

No one is ever happy where they are. Why are we like that?

If given a chance, like a Disney movie, how do you trade?

Is it superficial to want looks over knowledge? Or vice versa?

Let's get deep....

Redditor BroodyBatman wanted to know who was willing to give up a little bit of brains for a whole lot of beauty, so they asked:

"Would you give up 15-20 IQ points to be really, REALLY ridiculously good looking? Why?"
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To be fair, he was a little stoned at the time and I told him he might want to consider just writing and referring to a shopping list.

People shared their thoughts with us after Redditor ConcentrateNext1734 asked the online community,

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Children are very impressionable. They're also little humans, remember, and all quite different. Some are more afraid of some things than others. When I was a kid, some of my classmates were utterly terrified of Chucky, the killer doll.

I think he worked the best in the first film and to a larger extent in the second, but after that? Those movies got a bit ridiculous, wouldn't you agree?

Well, the memories linger, as you can imagine.

People took us on a trip down memory lane after Redditor teacatpeng asked the online community,

"What’s something you saw (as a kid) that gave you nightmares for a long time?"
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