John Cunningham Posted almost 4 years ago Are we living in the best time of human history or the worst time I genuinely think that the global attitude to violence and loss of human life has improved over the last few centuries, at least in most societies. I think this should be regarded as a good thing, however the world is facing some challenges that are almost certain to become increasingly difficult to deal with as time goes on (climate change, extinctions, nuclear proliferation, etc). For most people in the world it's better to be around now than even a few hundred years ago. For the most part we have reasonably accountable civilian government and peaceful projects such as the LHC, ISS etc. This doesn't mean much to the huge number of people on our planet who have no access to the technological benefits of modern life including medical care and adequate nutirition and education. The West should be making a concerted effort to promote democracy in places such as Africa. The only way forward is to stabilise those countries and their economies (through protectionism if neccessary in my opinion) and provide the education necessary for social mobility. Sadly current efforts are obviously inadequate, and the free trade doctrine penalises countries with under-developed economies. So in general I think the world is a better place than it used to be albeit a more dangerous one (disease has more change of being global now we have jet liners, nuclear war). I genuinely think that technology can solve a lot of the world's problems (for example genetic engineering of staple crops has already resulted in order-of-magnitude increases in food production though it's apparent that access to food is a separate problem).