Yes. Human ingenuity and lateral thinking (along with laborious and repetitive experimentation over time) have created real x10 progress around the planet.
The evidence is there to show that now is perhaps the greatest time in history to be alive. And, every year there is more and more work being done …
cvs2bvs … More than 37% of deaths in 1900 were caused by infectious diseases. That number dropped to less than 2% by 2009.
cvs2bvs … Between 2000 and 2015, the number of deaths from malaria (which has killed half of all the people who ever lived) fell by 60%.
cvs2bvs ... Just 200 years ago, 85% of the world population lived in extreme poverty. Today only 9% live in extreme poverty while the majority of people (75%) around the globe live in middle-income countries.
cvs2bvs …The literacy rate from the 17th to 19th century was just one-eighth of the global population but now 83% of the world is literate. In 1820, more than 80% of the world was unschooled. It’s estimated that by the end of the century this number will be close to zero.
cvs2bvs … The high school graduation rate was just 9% in 1910. It’s jumped to 83% today.
cvs2bvs ... Between the late Middle Ages and the 20th century, European countries saw a 10-fold to 50-fold decline in their rates of homicide.
cvs2bvs … Today, the proportion of people killed annually in wars is one-eighteenth of what it was the year I was born, in 1947.
cvs2bvs … The world’s nuclear stockpiles have been reduced by 85% since the Cold War.
cvs2bvs … There was no entertainment available to the average family in 1870, except for a few traveling musicians or circus performers or in-home board or card games. Today our entertainment options are almost unlimited.
cvs2bvs … About half the adults in the world own a smartphone.