This thread was complaining how bad things are today. My claim is in every measurable way, life in developed countries in the 21st century is better than any other place or time in human history.
Arguing about how less worst other times were isn't that interesting.
So pick a time and place in human history, and lets compare. Do you want to start with medieval Scandinavia?
I will argue that people now are more educated. Our governments now are less corrupt. Our societies are more just. People have far more civil rights.
In addition our standard of living is higher. The average worker spends less of our time working for basic subsistence and more time at leisure.
Our health is far better. We live longer. Fewer of our children die. There are far fewer terminal illnesses.
And we are far more knowledgeable. Our kids know math that was once beyond the grasp of all but the most genius adults. We can walk down to the corner bookstore and have access to more knowledge on subjects that earlier generations didn't know existed.
So I offering a very clear challenge: Pick a time and place to compare with the 21st century developed world.
Let's compare (and see how good or bad we really have it.
Do you want to start with 17th century Scandanavia?