What if we came to the realization that as species we are de-evolving and entropy is taking place?
There is a Star trek episode call Errand of Mercy where in the federation and the Klingon assume they are dealing with an arrested culture but in fact they far beyond their intelligence . I think this is a great message.
We assume we are smarter than our forefathers because we live longer and have more things, but what do we really have?
Yes, it was allot rougher and so on, but with that we evolve.