But once they legalize time travel, that won’t be the only question.
Here is a handy guide to WHEN you should live, based on your ideology. I hope it helps!
“I don’t believe in vaccinating my kids!”
1794, right before Edward Jenner made his breakthrough!
You have every right to think this, but please don’t jeopardize everyone else’s herd immunity! And have fun treating your other medical ailments with leeches!
“If the earth is getting warmer, it is not because of anything that humans are doing!”
Approximately 8000 B.C., at the end of the last ice age, a time when we could say that with certainty!
Hey, maybe the science isn’t settled. Just in case, settle in a time before scientists. You want to feel absolutely positive? That comes with a price.
“I don’t believe women should have access to birth control.”
3,000,000 B.C., when you can feel confident that no women have access to birth control because homo sapiens have not evolved yet.
If you don’t believe in evolution, Oct. 26, 4004 B.C. should work just fine — one day before God built the Earth, by Bishop Usher’s calculation, anyway. Definitely no birth control then.
“I hate it when people check their phones at the dinner table.”
1875, just before Alexander Graham Bell got his patent, is looking good for you. All the dinner tables you could imagine, none of the phones. People might still check the occasional telegram, however. People are always checking something at the dinner table.
Then again, now it is considered acceptable for you to whack your children with a stick when they disobey, so you have some recourse.
“I like to address women as m’lady and believe that they are a prize you can win!”
Late Medieval (“peak chivalry”) period might be best. Somewhere from 1301 to 1500ish, give or take several decades. But I hope you can afford a horse and some armor, otherwise your life will be solitary, poor, nasty, brutish and short, and you won’t get to own land.
“I won’t eat foods that aren’t fresh and locally grown.”
1833 should do it, right before Jacob Perkins came up with a practical refrigerator. Enjoy all those pesticide-free* organically grown tomatoes, if you survive the winter.
“Something terrible has happened to popular music and people are raising kids wrong.”
Unfortunately there is no point in human history when this has not been the case. :(
*Well, except for the arsenic that was used as a pesticide during this time.