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Are Our Ancestors Wiser Than Us?

Fef 2013/02/20 04:44:49
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  • D Hoefling 2013/02/24 03:56:43
    Yes
    D Hoefling
    Where would we be with out them? They got us to where we are today, without them we wouldn't exist. Every person is unique...
  • ACE 2013/02/24 01:21:43
    No
    ACE
    they are dead.
  • Bun 2013/02/22 22:58:21
    No
    Bun
    How could they be?
    History is written by the winners, so historic figures seem wiser.
  • BrianPaul4 2013/02/22 06:13:15
    Yes
    BrianPaul4
    Wiser...Wisdom Yes, Smarter no.
  • What'sIT 2013/02/21 20:58:19
    No
    What'sIT
    Survival doesn't require wisdom. But it depends what is considered an "Ancestor".
    settlers log cabin
  • Thank you but no... 2013/02/21 16:14:28
    No
    Thank you but no...
    No. They are dead. If you mean "were", then I think they were neither wiser nor more stupid, just less well-informed.
  • thezone 2013/02/21 15:06:41
    Yes
    thezone
    8th Grade Examination from late 1800's

    Grammar (Time, one hour)
    1. Give nine rules for the use of Capital Letters.
    2. Name the Parts of Speech and define those that have no Modifications.
    3. Define Verse, Stanza and Paragraph.
    4. What are the Principal Parts of a verb. Give Principal Parts of. lie, lay and run
    5. Define Case, Illustrate each Case.
    6. What is Punctuation? Give rules for principal marks of Punctuation.
    7. Write a composition of about 150 words and show therein that you understand the practical use of the rules of grammar.

    Arithmetic (Time, 1.25 hours)
    1. Name and define the Fundamental Rules of Arithmetic.
    2. A wagon box is 2 ft deep, 10 feet long and 3 ft. wide. How many bushels of wheat will it hold?
    3. If a load of wheat weighs 3942 lbs., what is it worth at 50cts/bushel, deducting 1050lbs. for tare?
    4. District No. 33 has a valuation of $35,000. What is the necessary levy to carry on a school seven months at $50 per month, and have $104 for incidentals?
    5. Find cost of 6720 lbs. coal at $6.00 per ton.
    6. Find the interest of $512.60 for 8 months and 18 days at 7 percent.
    7. What is the cost of 40 boards 12 inches wide and 16 ft. long at $20 per meter?
    8 Find bank discount on $300 for! 90 days (no grace) at 10 percent.
    9. What is the cost of a square farm a...






























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    8th Grade Examination from late 1800's

    Grammar (Time, one hour)
    1. Give nine rules for the use of Capital Letters.
    2. Name the Parts of Speech and define those that have no Modifications.
    3. Define Verse, Stanza and Paragraph.
    4. What are the Principal Parts of a verb. Give Principal Parts of. lie, lay and run
    5. Define Case, Illustrate each Case.
    6. What is Punctuation? Give rules for principal marks of Punctuation.
    7. Write a composition of about 150 words and show therein that you understand the practical use of the rules of grammar.

    Arithmetic (Time, 1.25 hours)
    1. Name and define the Fundamental Rules of Arithmetic.
    2. A wagon box is 2 ft deep, 10 feet long and 3 ft. wide. How many bushels of wheat will it hold?
    3. If a load of wheat weighs 3942 lbs., what is it worth at 50cts/bushel, deducting 1050lbs. for tare?
    4. District No. 33 has a valuation of $35,000. What is the necessary levy to carry on a school seven months at $50 per month, and have $104 for incidentals?
    5. Find cost of 6720 lbs. coal at $6.00 per ton.
    6. Find the interest of $512.60 for 8 months and 18 days at 7 percent.
    7. What is the cost of 40 boards 12 inches wide and 16 ft. long at $20 per meter?
    8 Find bank discount on $300 for! 90 days (no grace) at 10 percent.
    9. What is the cost of a square farm at $15 per acre, the distance around which is 640 rods?
    10. Write a Bank Check, a Promissory Note, and a Receipt.

    U. S. History (Time, 45 minutes)
    1. Give the epochs into which U. S. History is divided.
    2. Give an account of the discovery of Americaby Columbus.
    3. Relate the causes and results of the Revolutionary War.
    4. Show the territorial growth of the United States.
    5. Tell what you can of the history of Kansas.
    6. Describe three of the most prominent battles of the Rebellion.
    7. Who were the following: Morse, Whitney, Fulton, Bell, Lincoln, Penn, and Howe?
    8. Name events connected with the following dates: 1607, 1620, 1800, 1849, 1865.

    Orthography (Time, one hour)
    1. What is meant by the following: Alphabet, phonetic, orthography, etymology, syllabication?
    2. What are elementary sounds? How classified?
    3. What are the following, and give examples of each: Trigraph, sub vocals, diphthong, cognate letters, linguals?
    4. Give four substitutes for caret 'u! '.
    5. Give two rules for spelling words with final 'e.' Name two exceptions under each rule.
    6. Give two uses of silent letters in spelling. Illustrate each.
    7. Define the following prefixes and use in connection with a word: bi, dis, mis, pre, semi, post, non, inter, mono, sup
    8. Mark diacritically and divide into syllables the following, and name the sign that indicates the sound: card, ball, mercy, sir, odd, cell, rise, blood, fare, last.
    9. Use the following correctly in sentences: cite, site, sight, fane,
    fain, feign, vane, vain, vein, raze, raise, rays.
    10. Write 10 words frequently mispronounced and indicate pronunciation by use of diacritical marks and by syllabication.

    Geography (Time, one hour)
    1. What is climate? Upon what does climate depend?
    2. How do you account for the extremes of climate in Kansas?
    3. Of what use are rivers? Of what use is the ocean?
    4. Describe the mountains of North America.
    5. Name and describe the following: Monrovia, Odessa, Denver, Manitoba, Hecla, Yukon, St. Helena, Juan Fernandez, Aspinwall & Orinoco.
    6. Name and locate the principal trade centers of the U.S.
    7. Name all the republics of Europeand give the capital of each.
    8. Why is the Atlantic Coastcolder than the Pacific in the same latitude?
    9. Describe the process by which the water of the ocean returns to the sources of rivers.
    10. Describe the movements of the earth. Give the inclination of the earth.
    (more)
  • BrianPaul4 thezone 2013/02/22 06:20:17
    BrianPaul4
    I think I might be able about 10% of these questions. Not a bright as I thought.
  • thezone BrianPaul4 2013/02/22 14:51:58
    thezone
    I know what you mean, it makes me think of the movie Idiocracy.

  • Kiki,Pixie,Worm 2013/02/21 05:30:48
    Yes
    Kiki,Pixie,Worm
    Maybe not ALL of my ancestors, because as far as I know some of them were pretty bad people.....and I think it also takes wisdom to know how to treat someone...but I believe the majority of them were more wise than me!
  • darlene 2013/02/21 04:46:10
    Yes
    darlene
    They learned to sacrafice and save while the new generation has to have everything yesterday and pays with plastic. a fool and his money are easily parted
  • Earthly Resident 2013/02/20 22:22:45
    No
    Earthly Resident
    they store their knowledge is so we can build on theirs later. pending no interference each generation is more advanced than the last and in turn wiser by default, because we were able to learn more along the way
  • Alexander T Steward 2013/02/20 20:36:55 (edited)
  • Jace 2013/02/20 20:05:38
    No
    Jace
    They just didn't have so many distractions and things sucking away their need to actually THINK and use common sense like people do now.
  • Omni 2013/02/20 19:40:48 (edited)
    No
    Omni
    Well, I suppose that depends on your perception of sagacity. Generally speaking, no. We look at the past and see the greats, but many are forgetting that these greats appeared like a needle in a haystack. There weren't that many Thomas Jefferson's out there, you know.
  • Doc Freeman BTO-T-TB~pwcmjla~ 2013/02/20 18:49:04
    Yes
    Doc Freeman BTO-T-TB~pwcmjla~
    +1
    They created our nation and the Constitution of the United States along with the Bill of Rights. We are the ones who are screwing it up. Our Ancestors worked hard to make a living and gave us the Home of the Free and the Brave. Compared to them we are pansiees and weaklings. We are lazy and expect everyone else to give us what we think we deserve not what we really deserve.
  • CoinOperatedJoy 2013/02/20 17:54:29
    No
    CoinOperatedJoy
    +1
    It depends on the subject matter, I think. In some ways, I believe yes, they were. In other ways, no, not at all.
  • The Potato Princess 2013/02/20 17:47:52
    No
    The Potato Princess
    +1
    I hope not.
  • David 2013/02/20 17:40:16
    Yes
    David
    +1
    This depends on how far back in ancestry you are going. The more removed from technology and modern convenience people were the more they were in tune with their environment and their own resourcefulness. That still does not necessarily make you wiser.

    Early Americans wiped out vast tracts of forest and nearly wiped out wild game animals. Not so wise. This also happened in Europe, the Middle East and other areas of the world. Midwestern farmers mowed, plowed and nearly ruined the prairie lands by poorly thought farming practices which caused the dust bowl disaster.

    Our ancestors did have more of a sense and reverence for family and community that has eroded to our societal detriment. They did not smoke or eat themselves to death like so many do now even in light of widespread evidence and warnings.
  • Sister Jean 2013/02/20 17:23:39
    Yes
    Sister Jean
    seems more learning tools the dumber we get
  • Rebel Yell 2013/02/20 17:23:18
    Yes
    Rebel Yell
    +1
    I think so. If Thor did not drag a nice slab of carcass back to the cave, it would be hell to pay with Thoretta that night. He did what was necessary.
  • Black Ice 2013/02/20 17:19:44
  • Jaguar 2013/02/20 17:18:21
    Yes
    Jaguar
    +2
    They had a lot more common sense than young generations now... Innit bruv
  • Cthulhu 2013/02/20 17:16:08
    Yes
    Cthulhu
    +1
    In some ways yes and in other ways no.
  • Katiana2808 2013/02/20 16:13:15
    Yes
    Katiana2808
    +1
    In some ways yes and in others no. Long ago, if we could measure cruelty with emotihertz ( An SI unit I invented : Emotion Hertz) we can see that our ancestors were severe, and that they were more cruel than us nowadays, they were strict and were really giving a hard time to their youngsters. At that time, there were also bloody sacrifices and war breaking between many countries, thus, this resulted in racism and sexism too from our ancestors. Of course, they are good people. They brought us to another era, fought for us and for our freedom and I consider it as a priceless thing. My forefathers came from India to Mauritius, a country they never knew much about. This was an adventure for them. They were courageous people as they came to a country where they worked for their future generations to be free of slavery and illiteracy and for making us better people in society. Thanks to them though some of our ancestors did not support the rise of women in society. I love them all cause now, Koolen Mestry ( Mom ancestor) Owner of a temple, priest, from Tamilnaadu and Jonas Mounsmie( Dad ancestor) Responsible of jails in Mauritius and India. Thanks to all for now, our generation is literate, educated and has a decent home, job, car, and family.

    Kisses and thanks a thousand times!

    from your great great great grand daughter Katiana! <3 XOXOXO
  • chuck 2013/02/20 15:56:33
    Yes
    chuck
    +4
    I say as a 72 year old that people were blessed with more common sense.
  • Linnster chuck 2013/02/20 17:19:11
    Linnster
    +2
    That's because our parents didn't coddle us. They let us make our own mistakes and learn from them. If we fell and skinned a knee, we picked ourselves up, dusted ourselves off and learned not to do that again. Today, parents hover over everything their kids do so they don't hurt themselves that kids don't have to think for themselves anymore.
  • Black Ice Linnster 2013/02/20 17:34:50 (edited)
  • Linnster Black Ice 2013/02/20 17:41:32
    Linnster
    +2
    I'm not a parent, but I've always believed that the job is to raise your kids to think for themselves, become independent and stand on their own two feet at some point, even if their ideas are different from your own. You may be the center of your parents' universe, and that's fine, but when you start school, you'll realize you aren't the center of THE universe.

    Look at how many kids on here talk about suicide and cutting themseves. These are kids who have not been given the means by which to deal with disappointment. Thus, they see themselves as victims - always looking to blame someone else for their problems.
  • Hakking 2013/02/20 15:55:38
  • rand 2013/02/20 15:41:27
    No
    rand
    +1
    ...but still wiser than most radically new ideas: “Out of every hundred new ideas ninety-nine or more will probably be inferior to the traditional responses which they propose to replace. No one man, however brilliant or well-informed, can come in one lifetime to such fullness of understanding as to safely judge and dismiss the customs of institutions of his society, for these are the WISDOM of generations after centuries of experiment in the laboratory of history.” From "The Lessons of History" by the Durants
  • Jack's Pearl 2013/02/20 15:21:23
    No
    Jack's Pearl
    +3
    No wiser, no stupider. LOL That sounds funny and it's spelled correctly so I guess it's a word. Anyway, intelligence has always existed in degrees amongst people. And their life was so much different that it's hard to determine in ways what is considered the more intelligent thing to do.
  • Linkums 2013/02/20 15:13:21
    No
    Linkums
    +2
    Not necessarily. Some were, some weren't. I'd say that if anything, we have the advantage since we have more history to learn from than they did.
  • Eddie 2013/02/20 15:12:37
    Yes
    Eddie
    +1
    Yes, I think some of them were. Unfortunately the best thing to do isn't always the easiest or most fun. So basically they did'nt get listened to in the long term. Therefore we have this....
  • cents-less 2013/02/20 15:06:25
    Yes
    cents-less
    +1
    I always thought so but according to the Ancient Aliens TV show it seems they were dumb as rocks and couldn't do anything themselves.
  • Crym 2013/02/20 14:41:51
    No
    Crym
  • Kapu Hawaiiana 2013/02/20 14:39:52
    Yes
    Kapu Hawaiiana
    +2
    they survived without someone telling them how to think and believe.
  • Jack's ... Kapu Ha... 2013/02/20 15:19:57
    Jack's Pearl
    Actually, in past history people were more into that in many ways. Living in small towns if around anyone at all, you were isolated to who was near you and much closer linked. There may have not been freedom of religion for many of them, or other freedoms we now enjoy. We certainly are more free to believe the way we feel is right for ourselves and to live our life that way.
  • lucky 2013/02/20 14:24:16
    Yes
    lucky
    +1
    Wiser in some ways but not in every way.
  • Kronan_1 2013/02/20 14:13:56
    Yes
    Kronan_1
    +2
    By far. No TV. No Radio. They spent more time increasing their knowledge and skills. Where we sit in front of Idiot boxes or computers and use the web for nothing more than crap like FB and Twitter. Gaming or social interacting. How many even actully think about expanding their thought processes and learning something new? How many of us put away the electronic devices and read a book or create a piece of art? How many of us have got a bunch of lumber and built something just to see if we could? Even while you are doing these things, you are using brain matter and being imaginative.

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