Part of a comment I gave someone (who suggested the world was getting worse):
I think a lot of things about our culture stink, and I think that the world could do well to have more love and open minds and concern in it – but I don’t think it’s getting worse. I think it was just vastly worse in the past. We went from a nation that owned black people as property and worked/beat them to death to a country that just re-elected their first black president. We went from a country where women were powerless to one where women are not quite equal to men economically, but are making advances. There is basically no aspect of modern society that wasn’t worse in the past. We have runaway corporate greed, banks messing up the economy etc, but what do you think black tuesday was? And the robber barons and the big dynasties of early US commerce? The richest man in the world is worth 73 billion dollars. Adjusted for inflation John D. Rockafeller was worth ten times that. Corporate greed, as hard as it is to believe, is overall declining. So is war, poverty, hunger and disease. In the next ten years it’s estimated that polio will cease to exist due to the efforts of governments and charities, making it the second disease (the first was smallpox) to be eradicated.
Sorry if I’m ranting. Things are getting better though. It’s not all doom and gloom.