At least generally speaking, that is. This interesting video, from the BBC, sums it up quite nicely. It's only 4 minutes and it conveys the point in a pretty interesting way. Hans Rosling's 200 Countries, 200 Years, 4 Minutes I've long argued, often against great skepticism, that despite all our misanthropy and cynicism about the current state of the human condition, most people live better nowadays than their ancestors ever have. Furthermore, despite the significant number of us that remain in abject poverty and oppression, a larger percentage of humanity is living relatively well off than at any point in human history. Best of all, current trends suggest that the progression will continue, albeit not in all parts of the world and not without subsequent problems (such as environmental degradation, resource scarcity, and so on). There are still a lot of concerning and unprecedented issues facing the human race (and the planet as a whole for that matter) and that should never be downplayed. But neither should our undeniable progress as a species.