Ok, this is gonna sound strange because everyone takes it for granted. We can't turn back time, so we don't have choice on that one. But we can resolve to older customs that were more successful than our own. Whenever we deal with certain groups, or people come up with certain ideas, the response is "that would take us back to _th century!" But I want to know what was wrong with the past, although yes, many of those particular centuries were pretty bad in England. There were societies which had very little crime, why do we not try to emulate some of their practices?There was a society which gave women equal rights, better than any country of today, why not use their laws and systems? We don't actually care what century is mentioned, I think we assume that time passing is equivalent to progress, but if we observe, there are many evils which are increasing with the passing of time. Over the past few years, we have seen an increase in crime, drugs, promiscuity (and hence STIs and HIV) and many other banes of society. I'm not saying we just recreate a certain society and live in it (although that might not be bad for some of the greatest societies in history) but at least learn from them instead of trying to make up new systems that we think are better but actually fail us.