I was at first happy to see the name of the topic "the world is getting better and better"
Then I read the original post.
I have to agree the world is getting better, but at what cost, there is always a trade. I feel, as with anything, things must go bad before they get
The OP's viewpoint seems like it's convenient for his personal outlook on life, but there are a lot of ignorant statements in it.
First of all, you cannot quantify happiness in a poll. I'm sorry but that's about as backwards as it gets. First of all, the pollsters who do
statistics are not experts on happiness or quality of living. Everyone has a different definition of happiness.
If the OP thinks that middle class people should be happy with what they have, does it mean all of them are? No it does not.
Our technology is nothing but a distraction. We have had great achievements, but this constant technological climb is mostly a big trap that we all
fall for. New smart phones every couple of months, the most real looking video games, instant video chatting, etc..
The world is in a different place than it once was, that is all. It is neither better nor worse. There is no way to generalize and say that overall,
the world is in a good/bad place. The reason being, in doing this you marginalize the opinion and feelings of people somewhere.
It's all a big selective appraisal. You think the quality of living is increasing with our lifespans?
Then why have cancer rates skyrocketed, along with heart disease, autism, gangs, drug related murders, etc.
In the old days families would care for the elders of the family until their death and that was how it was.
Nowadays it's most common, in middle class America, for the elders to be sent to some random "american house" to spend dying days out of sight of
family members who are too busy with their careers and paying insurmountable debts to be able to care for their ailing father/mother.
Is it a better quality of life to spend your last decade of life surrounded by strangers in a hospital-like setting, as opposed to in your home with
I know which one I would choose. Will choose....I hope my children and grandchildren will share this feeling with me.
Overall, yes, people are rising up and starting to think in a more positive manner, but these statements about quality of life and happiness are just
The last thing I need to see in a discussion of people being happier and healthier is a bar graph or a pie chart.
How about some interviews and statements from a diverse array of people?
The world is getting better!