Daily Life in a Historical Context

by Roie Philom

Introduction: This is an attempt to describe daily life at various times in the past and in the future. It consists of links to books or web sites which are meant to give an idea of how humans have lived or may live at various times. It is hoped that the reader will get a feel for daily life in the context of a particular place and time from the standpoint of an individual described by sex, age and political and economic status.

In each period we will try to understand life in terms of:

The Periods are:

20,000 BC - Paleolithic - stone age life
The Clan of the Cave Bear by Jean M. Auel
Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind by Yuval Noah Harari
4,000 BC - Neolithic - agrarian life
Stone Mirror: A Novel of the Neolithic by Rob Swigart
400 AD - Classical period - city life - Roman Empire
Pompeii: A Novel by Robert Harris
1200 AD - Middle ages - feudal life
Life in a Medieval Village by Frances Gies
1864 AD - 19th century - The Civil War in the United States
Cold Mountain: A Novel by Charles Frazier
1960 AD - 20th century - modern life - United States
Growing up in the 50s and 60s
1960s family life
7 stunning ways life was different in the 1960s
Things 60s kids did that would horrify us now
2040 AD - future - utopian life
Everyday life in the future
Your Life in 2033
Technical life predictions for 2030
Top 10 emerging trends expected to be part of daily life in 20 years
Six experts predict life in 2045

2040 AD

A Possible Description of Life in the Future - liberal

It is the year 2040. I am Dan, a fifteen year old boy. I live in a community of middle class working families in the heartland of America. I have my bedroom in my Mother's house and my younger sister, Julie, who is twelve, has a bedroom here also. We often spend the night at the houses of our friends as they often visit us.

When I want to go to spend the night with my friend, Roger, I tell my mom where I am going and then go get in the car. I tell it I want to go to Roger's house and it flies me there in about ten minutes. Sometimes it has to stop at a hydrogen depot to refill the tank but it usually does that on its return trip when it has no passengers. When I get ready to return home I summon the car on my smart phone and it soon picks me up.

For several years now my mother, Ann, has had her friend, Mary, and a couple of men, Jack and Charlie, living here with us. In our community that could change though because people often shuffle households with people who are living in one house deciding to go and live with someone else who wants to live with them. I remember when I was younger, just one guy, Jerry, lived with us. Jerry lives with Louise and her children about a mile from us now. Sometimes Mom goes to spend the night with Jerry and Louise and sometimes they spend the night here with us.

My mother's mother, my Grandmother, lives next door to us. My aunt, Sue, lives with her friends, John and Crystal, there with my grandmother. It seems that most houses around here are owned or rented by women although some men own houses. My grandmother says that since the world government has been instituted there have been no more wars among nations such as there were when she was young and since people have changed the culture to value caring and sharing and humility more than power and wealth there is now very little crime. Government programs provide medical care and the tax structure makes sure that everyone can afford food and housing. She says that the environment is now much cleaner and people are happier now. However, she says that when she was a girl there was a lot of ice and big white bears in Northern Canada and Alaska and there were big cities on the seacoasts and most oranges were grown in Florida and California not in Georgia and Alabama as they are now. Our world seems to me to be quite a change from the world she describes to me from years ago. I'm glad I'm living now rather than then. I have a number of friends both in my community and in my virtual world and we talk about these things sometimes.

I go to school each day. My teacher doesn't really teach anything. He is a learning facilitator. He makes sure we take the required classes on our computers. The classes are designed and taught by experts in the subject from around the world. We must pass the mastery test in each subject before going on to the next subject. Our teacher also guides us in choosing questions of interest to us which we then research and write web pages or make videos about. I don't always stay long at school because I can do a lot of my work at home. One day per week we have "lab" in which we do hands on work on the material we are learning. That can involve a field trip or work in an actual laboratory.

We go to Church on Wednesday night for games like poker, bingo, chess or others and on Sunday morning for an inspirational talk by a local person or by an outside guest speaker. Often these talks are more question and answer sessions or sometimes debates between several people with participation by the congregation. Orgies are held at the church every Saturday night. Mom and Mary and the guys almost always go. I have never wanted to go but my friend, Roger, who is a year older than me goes and maybe I will too when I get older. Julie hasn't started going yet because she is young but many girls my age do.

When we want to buy a meal or groceries, we order it on our smart phone and a flying drone delivers it to our door about a half hour later. That is the way we get most stuff. We try to lay off high carb foods like pizza and sugars and to eat more fish and meats and fruit and nuts and salads high in fiber. We try to keep reasonably clean by taking showers two or three times per week. Most people spend most of their time in the nude at home and at church although they usually wear clothing at school and work. The standard work week is down to 25 hours now and everyone tries to get at least 8 hours sleep every night and often we take afternoon naps. We try to limit our time watching screens other than at school or work to no more than 3 hours per day. This gives us more time for physical activity. There are usually recreational drugs available for use at home and church.

Last week was kind of exciting. There was an empty lot next door and a girl from another town decided that she was old enough to leave her mother's house so she and her boy friend and her family got together enough money to buy the lot and to hire a house printer. The printer's trucks came by and in about three days they had printed her a concrete house on the lot. Julie and I enjoyed watching the house being printed. She has moved in now and her boyfriend, Joe, lives there with her. I think she is pregnant. Most women don't have more than three children and many have none so that the overall world population is actually decreasing.

We get most of our energy now from solar and wind and water sources and some from natural gas. My grandmother said that energy used to come mostly from coal and oil and that caused a lot of environmental damage.

I do a lot of walking and swimming and playing softball with my friends and I run in the local church's field games held each week. When I was small the doctor found that I had a defect in my vision so I was given bionic eyes. For that reason I can see better than most people and see a lot of things in wavelengths others can't see.
Once every six months I have to visit my government paid doctor. He checks my weight and vital signs and does blood tests to check for abnormalities in case I have picked up any pollutants from the environment. He also checks my microbiome to be sure it is in balance. If he finds a problem he discusses with me how to adjust my diet or my exercise schedule or my lifestyle such as my eating or sleeping habits to try to correct any abnormalities. The doctor also reports any environmental problems he finds to the Environmental Protection Agency. People don't often get diseases and antibiotics are little used, although my grandmother tells me that was not always the case.

There are churches all over the county. Each one serves maybe 15 to 50 households. The people in each household decide which church they want to join. Of course, some people decide not to join any but they miss out on a lot of fun activities that the rest of us enjoy.

Each church is limited to a maximum of 150 and a minimum of 20 members. Churches are based on the idea of sharing. All the members give to the church based on their income to provide food and shelter to whoever needs it including guests passing through. All members must share their possessions and sexual relations with other members in need, particularly women who are trying to get pregnant. Both the church and their families see that elderly and disabled people are kept safe and comfortable.

Each church governs itself independently. All the main issues are decided by popular vote of the members. A leader is elected every 6 months and he or she carries out the wishes of the congregation and takes care of the church property and schedules use of the church building and grounds and keeps the financial books which are open to all members. A church by a 2/3 vote can accept a new member or expel an existing member. If a church membership gets near the limit of 150 members, the church will split into two churches by building a new church nearby and some members will decide to become members of the new church while others will stay with the old church.

The church building includes the main meeting room and often two or three smaller meeting rooms, a kitchen and dining area for the congregation with a few unisex bathrooms and a few computers available to all in the dining area. It also includes several bedrooms with bathrooms and an office for the church leader.

Besides inspirational services, games and orgies, the church often sponsors cookouts, dances, picnics, travel tours, debates, math and spelling contests and other fun functions. Church members also often help each other with their studies because all kinds of subjects are available to study online and that is an activity enjoyed by all ages.

The community center in town has a wooded outdoor park with a small lake with rowboats and a kids playground and a swimming pool and tennis courts and baseball field and golf course. It also has an auditorium, a game room, gym and basketball court, sauna, bowling alley, movie theater and a computer room. It has meeting rooms for club meetings like the Jolly Age Club, or the scouts or the drone flyers or the chess club. Every week there is a concert or a magic show or a square dance or something similar. It sponsors Little League. We all go there often.


A Possible Description of Life in the Future - conservative

It is the year 2040. I am Jason, a fifteen year old boy. I live in a community of middle class working families in the heartland of America. I live with my Dad and my Mom and my five brothers and sisters. We often spend the night at the houses of our friends as they often visit us. We live in a gated community and have several guns for protection due to the high crime rate.

When I want to go to spend the night with my friend, Roger, I tell my mom where I am going and then go get in the car. I tell it I want to go to Roger's house and it flies me there in about ten minutes. Sometimes it has to stop at a gas station to refill the tank but it usually does that on its return trip when it has no passengers. When I get ready to return home I summon the car on my smart phone and it soon picks me up.

My mother is often tired because of having to prepare meals and keep the house clean and supplied for all of us. When my Dad comes home from work they sometimes argue but he soon tells my mother to shut up and go about her work.

My mother's mother, my grandmother, lives with us also and my mother cares for her. My grandmother says that she thinks there are more wars fought over religion than there used to be because people have become more sure of their own beliefs and less tolerant of the heresies of others. She says there is more crime. That may be caused by the homeless and the hungry and the less educated who live in the streets. She says that the increased amount of air pollution and shortages of water and land to grow food due to pollution and global warming for such an increasing population also lead to unhappiness and crime. She says it was bad when she was a young girl but not as bad as now. She says that when she was a girl there was a lot of ice and big white bears in Northern Canada and Alaska and there were big cities on the seacoasts and most oranges were grown in Florida and California not in Georgia and Alabama as they are now. Our world seems to me to be quite a change from the world she describes. I wish I could have lived then. I have a number of friends both in my community and in my virtual world and we talk about these things sometimes.

I go to school each day. My teacher doesn't really teach anything. He is a learning facilitator. He makes sure we take the required classes on our computers. The classes are designed and taught by religious leaders in the subject from around the world. We must pass the mastery test in each subject before going on to the next subject. We must memorize facts and write web pages or make videos to reconcile those with the things our Bible teaches us. One day a week is devoted to Bible study.

We go to Church on Wednesday night for more in depth Bible study and on Sunday morning for an inspirational talk by a local preacher or by an outside guest preacher. My Mother often falls asleep during the sermon and my Dad has to nudge her awake. We kids find it boring unless the preacher starts yelling and throwing his arms around which they sometimes do. We have to be still and quite in church so we don't go to hell. Bingo games are held at the church every Saturday night to raise money to pay the preacher.

When I want a pizza or a steak, I order it on my smart phone and a flying drone delivers it to our door about a half hour later. That is the way we get most stuff. We eat lots of high carb foods like pizza and drink lots of soft drinks. We stay clean and pure by showering every day.

We still get most of our energy from coal and oil. My grandmother said governments once tried to develop solar and wind and water sources for energy but those programs were stopped because people were told that too much money was being spent on the research for those sources.

The standard work week is still 40 hours and unemployment is high but we are told that is good because employers can pay employees less making products cheaper for us to buy. Since a lot of people are required to work overtime many do not get much sleep. We spend most of our time when we are not going to school or working watching computer screens. There is a lot of information there to help us to stay pure and follow our religion and the laws of our government. My grandmother says a lot of the filth and heresy that used to be available on there has been banned to make the world a better place. She says that people used to take a lot of illegal drugs but the churches and the governments have spent a lot of money over the years so that not as much is available now. Unfortunately, people are basically sinful and they will try to do ungodly things if they are not controlled.

Last week was kind of exciting. There was an empty lot next door and a boy and his young wife and her family got together enough money to buy the lot and to hire a house printer. The printer's trucks came by and in about three days they had printed her a concrete house on the lot. My siblings and I enjoyed watching the house being printed. They have moved in now. I think the girl is pregnant. Most women are pregnant soon after marriage and they usually end up with five to ten kids because birth control and abortion have been banned. They say world population growth rates have doubled. That is good because the Lord commands us to populate the Earth.

   

My friends and I like to play ball when we are not watching shows or playing games on the computer and we do that when we can, sometimes on Sunday afternoon. When I was small the doctor found that I had a defect in my vision so I was given bionic eyes. For that reason I can see better than most people and see a lot of things in wavelengths others can't see. It took my parents years to pay for those eyes, but they love me so they did it. Unfortunately they can't afford insurance for all us kids so we have to hope we don't get sick.

There are churches all over the county. Each one tries to get as many as possible to attend their church so the preacher can be paid more. The people in each household decide which church they want to join but everyone is required to belong to a church.

All the members give to the church based on their income to provide for missionaries to spread the Gospel. All members must watch for signs of sin in the community so that they can report it to the church and to the police. Both the church and their families see that elderly and disabled people are cared for.

A preacher sent by the main church office leads the congregation in the way of the Lord and takes care of the church property and schedules use of the church building and grounds. Some churches are so large that the preacher has to have a large staff to assist him. The church building includes a large auditorium for the faithful and often several smaller meeting rooms, a kitchen and dining area for the congregation with a few bathrooms and a few computers available to all in the dining area and an office for the preacher.

Besides inspirational services, the church often sponsors cookouts, picnics, travel tours to the Holy Land and other fun functions. Church members also often help each other to avoid sin because that is an ever present danger.