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depends on what type of "tough" you are thinking about.
Tough to survive a winter and have enough crops and lifestock to feed your family? no, we have it easy. We can go hunt at the supermarket, where we get our game nicely chopped up and pre-packaged.
Today we have many other stressors. since the basic need of survival (physiological and safety) is covered, we move up in the maslow pyramid. we expose ourselfs to subjective stress.
The need to "achieve" something and be loved and happy. To be as good or better as the next person, to be a respected member of society.
Of course all of this was already an issue back in the old days, but now it seems to me, it is at a much larger scale. we are also bombarded with a permanent information flow. We know what is going on in the farthest corner of the world. We know that while we are on GaG here, chatting away, somewhere in the world people are dying of who knows what.
Mental conditions like Depression and Burnouts are daily business now. Perhaps our minds can't handle it all as well as we'd like.
so, long story short: the 21st century is tougher on an emotional and psychological level.0