I get the impression we're saying the same thing different ways
Reifying anything is a danger. But when your life is built up of habits of reification, that's what you start with. I think a lot of people are still at that point (including me). So we rely on quiet, safe places where we won't be disturbed to meditate until we find it easier to do in rock concerts and while being robbed.
I would argue though that because of technological advancement and the immediate availability of information, entertainment, and ways to basically disengage ourselves from our lives and others, things are hard in a different way now than they would be for someone in the 1500s. And at the very least, since what we're familiar with is the modern age, that's where we find the problems. So for some, it may be trying to wean ourselves from being restlessly entertained every waking moment. For others, it might be trying to cultivate bodhicitta in a culture (United States) that increasingly promotes individualism and isolation.
In the 1500s, maybe the problem of the day was "how do I find time to practice when I have to slave in the fields 15 hours a day to survive?" or "how can I be happy when I have a cyst in my jaw and no way to get better?"
Just as a personal example of late, being locked into an employment system and culture that doesn't value downtime means it's much harder to go on a retreat than someone a couple hundred years ago. I have two weeks of vacation a year, not much to begin with, and I'm lucky if I can get ONE of those days off, let alone the full two weeks for a short retreat. There have been definite trends that make practice harder in some respects, but easier in others. The point of the thread I thought was to focus on the hard points and see what we could do about them
If we're just waxing poetic on times we never lived in and can never recreate, I want off!
Please take the above post with a grain of salt.