Yet the truth is exactly the opposite.
A scant 150 years ago, everyone on the planet was one bad harvest away from starvation. A greater proportion of the world’s population eats every day than every before.
People live longer on average than ever before.
More people than every before participate in the “information economy”, where we live in houses we haven’t built, wear clothing we haven’t made and eat food we haven’t grown, trapped or caught - by trading skills and knowledge in the market.
In developed countries, children are given the opportunity to learn.
Travel and vacations are no longer the province of the ultra-rich. Many can participate.
Fewer children are being raised under the threat of violence from their parents.
Wars in general are far shorter and less destructive than they were 85 years ago or 109 years ago.
Most parents in developed countries fully expect never to have to bury a child. Most children survive their parents. This has not been true for most of history.
In developed countries, young adults can choose their occupations.
By virtually every single measure, life is better, more secure, healthier and longer than at any time in the past. The challenge is to bring the benefits enjoyed by the developed world to those living in the developing world.
The developed world currently contains about 17% of the world’s population - that’s about 1-in-6. At no previous time in history did 1/6 of the population of the world enjoy the standard of living, education, healthcare, and food security that the vast majority of people in the developed world enjoy.