I thought the number of automatic calls was going to go down precipitously after the election. In fact, I was counting on it. But we are in the open enrollment period for Medicare supplements, and one or both of us must be on a list of "old people - trick them with calls that look like they are from towns in their state." This is not tragic. Sorry to burden you with the minor irritations of my life.
Since I have gone to full retirement it really is more boring. I didn't realise how much I depended on those eight days a month for structure and stimulation. It is hard to imagine that I still have ten times the intellectual stimulation of previous eras. The records from such things as the constitutional convention and Sunday sermons, coupled with the actual texts of speeches and sermons delivered in many cases suggests that people spoke more slowly. They did not flit from topic to topic as we do. They might well have been wiser because of their sustained thought. But they weren't likely "smarter" in our sense. People who grow up in cities are quicker and pick up on multiple signals at once. I don't say they are smarter. They might think so, on the basis of smarter people moving to cities since time immemorial because that's where the action is.
Were we to time travel, we might find that we found folks slow and life not very interesting. We might change our minds if we talked to them at length, but I am confident that would be our impression.