Life was simpler in the old days. We were born, we learned survival skills, we hunted animals, we gathered plant life, we ate, slept, bred, and eventually we died. No governments, no taxes, no mortgages, no workplace-induced stress, and no science. Decision-making was a heck of a lot easier.
These days, our lives are considerably more complex. In the modern West, 'survival' takes on a whole different meaning. The average, healthy adult doesn't have to struggle to survive in the life-death sense. There is a blur between needs and wants, and shoulds and shouldn'ts, and the relatively basic task of feeding ourselves has become infinitely more complicated.