The world isn’t worse now. It’s not even close.

November 14th, 2007

Ally at Milwaukeean Rhapsody relates how a coworker of hers asserted that he and his new wife would never have kids:

“The world is way too f***ed up. We are not going to bring kids into that mess.”

Every generation thinks the world is more screwed up then it was in the past.

(They also think they invented sex.)

And every generation is wrong.

I’m sorry, viagra usa sovaldi but the world simply is not worse off now than it was in the past.

For most of history, the story of being human has been one of struggling to survive against the elements, predators, and each other.

The average American lives better than the average king did 300 years ago. We enjoy better healthcare, better food, easier travel, and better entertainment.

200 years ago you and your children could be kept as slaves right here in America.

100 years ago, getting scratched by a rose could lead to you dying from infection.

The world (especially for modern Americans) is NOT getting worse. It’s getting better all the time.

So next time you’re feeling pessimistic about the future, remind yourself that almost anyone who has ever lived would gladly change places with you in a heartbeat just to experience the miracle of vermin-free beds, flush toilets, the rule of law, and pills that could actually make their heads stop aching.

(Now if we could only come up with a pill that would make some people – like Ally’s old coworker – stop bellyaching.)

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5 Comments Add your own

  • 1. grumps  |  November 14th, 2007 at 11:18 am

    That this is the best of all possible worlds is both the good news and the bad news. Life lived well is in making the most of it.

  • 2. John  |  November 14th, 2007 at 11:46 am

    Two words: DENTAL CARE.

    Dealing with teeth at any other time in our history was hell.

    Everything’s cool in the roaring 20’s – – if you’re Caucasian and have some dough, of course (let’s not forget matters of social inequity, a whole other “bad old days” concept) – – until you have an impacted molar. Then it’s blood and pliers.

  • 3. Ally  |  November 14th, 2007 at 2:18 pm

    Nice point. I see where you’re coming from. And yes, we do have positive things going on in the 21st century that are completely incredible and revolutionary.

    But I’d still rather worry about getting scratched by a rose rather than getting shot while in my front yard. I’d rather have my children kept as a slave than raped by 14-year-olds while unconscious.

    Guess it’s just a case of “would you rather…”

  • 4. Rustmeister  |  November 14th, 2007 at 3:14 pm

    Unfortunately, murder and rape isn’t a recent invention either. Slaves, especially, suffered these fates on a regular basis.

    Besides, you could always buy a gun and learn to use it, but that’s a whole ‘nother can of worms, I’m sure.

  • 5. Hermes  |  November 17th, 2007 at 1:26 pm

    a better reason than the debatable “the world is fucked up” argument to NOT have kids, is simply that the world already has too many people and we’re beyond its carrying capacity.

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