you ever think about how people have probably been roasting each other since forever? like, peasants in 12th century feudal thuringia were probably all like "Ho, Berinon! The coarse and loutish stone in yonder field doth bear a semblance to thy own character! Surely, you and he are distant kin?"
i just really like the idea of peoples of antiquity doing things like making fart jokes and dunking on each other cause theres literal archaeological evidence that people everywhere have been doing exactly that forEVER
cultural portrayal of medieval peoples: "Ah, 'tis a hard life stoically tending the fields for eleven hours every single day of my life til my death at the ripe old age of thirty, but at least i have the guidance of my austere and vindictive god to comfort me."
reality: "Hey we're not working today because today is another incredibly specific holy day, lets go to the festival, get wasted, and have a good fuckin time. YO BARD, TELL THE ONE ABOUT LOKI TYING A GOAT'S BEARD TO HIS BALLS"
hot take: portrayal of the medieval period as a backwards time of forced labor, hardship, and suffering is a portrayal which only came into vogue around the 1600s in order to muster up cultural support for colonial mercantilism and later capitalism, framing these new processes as something inherently progressive which brought better conditions for all, despite the fact that colonialism was 100% built upon all those things and modern capitalism is still very much built upon them today
"at least im not a medieval peasant, forced to labor day-in day-out for a distant ruler, woefully uneducated, suffering from a multitude of health problems, and fated to live and die without ever leaving his parish" thinks the industrial era factory worker
ALSO. Peasants were just as diverse a class of people as any other fuckin cultural group throughout history! "Peasant" was first and foremost a legal definition where some ruler would basically draw some lines on a map and be like "everywhere who lives here? peasants." In practice, it could range from nomadic tribal hunter-gatherers to wealthy, educated burghers. There was a lot going on!
anywho, my point is that History is Complicated and the more things change the more they stay the same. Also, I don't really think its a useful comparison to just look at material wealth as a measure of how good or bad it was to live in xyz society or era?
Like sure you'd probably hate living in the 14th century, because you're used to 21st century material and cultural standards of life. But for a guy who's born and bred in that era, theyre not gonna be going around moaning about how much they hate their lives because they don't have smartphones. CONTEXT IS IMPORTANT. how bad/good an experience is is dependent upon the context you live and grew up in.
Like, if a peasant sees his favorite horse get savaged to death by wolves, they're gonna be sad about that. But it's not going to be viscerally horrifying in the same sense that it might be to you, a modern 21st century reader, because animal death is probably a thing that peasant sees A LOT. it's a part of their life. its just a thing that happens, and when it happens you address it and get over it.
conversely, you would probably not be able to enjoy say, eating an orange, in the same way that a peasant would, because its a thing that you can just Do. it happens a lot. it's not exotic or interesting or special in any sense. but when a peasant eats an orange, perhaps never having even seen an orange before. it is MINDBLOWING. hes probably gonna talk about it for the rest of his life. the experience itself isnt different, but the context is.
OK I GOTTA GO HELP MY DAD MOVE A POTTERY WHEEL BUT BASICALLY IN A CONTEXTUAL HISTORICAL SENSE LIFE DOESNT GET THAT MUCH BETTER OR WORSE OVER TIME, IT ALWAYS JUST KINDA IS WHAT IT IS OK BYE
@Dayglochainsaw So much of the graffiti on Pompeii was about guys the writer hated having huge dongs.
@Dayglochainsaw there is so much data on how medieval peasants probably had a 20 hour work week or so
@Dayglochainsaw no cmon now ive read stuff that says people were pretty consistently traumatized and sad about all the child mortality. context did mitigate it a lot but its not something that didnt have an impact.
@Dayglochainsaw dick graffiti in ancient rome. case closed.
@Dayglochainsaw Roman dick graffiti is one of my favorite things. Apparently that's just, a universal symbol.
@Dayglochainsaw toilet/sex humor is probably the oldest kind of humor there is
@Dayglochainsaw@skull.website you might enjoy reading about ancient Roman graffiti
@Duende and we cant forget the classic "FUCK YOU, STRONG LETTER TO FOLLOW"
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