What would you do with your life if you were born in the same place as in real life, but 100 years earlier?

Futurist

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May 2014
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What would you do with your life if you were born in the same place as in real life, but 100 years earlier? As for me, that would have meant being born in Ottoman Palestine in 1892. In such a scenario, I would have probably sought to emigrate to the US once I would have become an adult--preferably before the start of World War I. (The US was already a very attractive destination for immigrants even in the pre-WWI era--including for a lot of Jews and for some immigrants from the Ottoman Empire.) In the US, I would probably be attracted to moderate socialist movements such as that of Eugene V. Debs while vehemently disliking Communists due to their desire to install totalitarian, one-party states wherever they will actually gain power. In the two-party US political system, I would probably support the Democrats--especially after FDR would have rose to prominence. So, I'd have probably been a liberal New Dealer with a bit of a socialist flavor in this scenario. I might have become some kind of political activist and tried to make a career out of this, but I'm unsure whether or not I would have actually succeeded in regards to this. Of course, I could have also been drafted by the US military in WWI in this scenario and forced to fight on the Western Front--though if I would have survived this, I would have likely already been too old to fight in WWII. In the post-WWII years and decades, I would have probably become a liberal anti-Communist in the mold of Henry "Scoop" Jackson--a US Senator from Washington who supported things such as the New Deal but was also vehemently anti-Communist. I doubt that I would have actually lived to see the end of the Cold War in this scenario since I would have been 99 years old by that point in time and I certainly don't see myself actually living that long. So, yeah, I'd almost certainly never actually live to see the people of Eastern Europe and the USSR actually get their freedom in this scenario. :(

Anyway, what would your life have been like if you were born in the same place as in real life, but 100 years earlier?
 

Nemowork

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Jan 2011
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Get stuck in a coal mine, probably die of coal dust or in a pit explosion. It was quite popular with my family, quite a few of them exploded in that era.

Actually considering it was a hundred years ago id be just getting into the flu epidemic and be old enough for WW2
 
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Futurist

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May 2014
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Get stuck in a coal mine, probably die of coal dust or in a pit explosion. It was quite popular with my family, quite a few of them exploded in that era.

Actually considering it was a hundred years ago id be just getting into the flu epidemic and be old enough for WW2
Do you know what the age cutoff for the draft in WWII was?
 

redcoat

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Nov 2010
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You wouldn't have dreamt about moving to London and starting a new life there?
Only one thing wrong with London, its full of Londoners.;)
If I had wanted to 'escape' I would possibly have chosen one of the colonies, though if life had been kind I would have stayed, I like being a Stockfordian :love:
 

Futurist

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May 2014
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Do I have the benefit of hindsight here? Do I get to predict the World Wars and everything that happens or not.
You can decide. :) In fact, you can provide two responses--one with hindsight and one without hindsight. :)

Only one thing wrong with London, its full of Londoners.
If I had wanted to 'escape' I would possibly have chosen one of the colonies, though if life had been kind I would have stayed, I like being a Stockfordian :love:
What about moving to the US?