I'm talking generally. There'll always be instances of human atrocity, but in general we're moving in the right direction. We're getting better, for example the worst periods of democide are well behind us. https://www.hawaii.edu/powerkills/ For sure there has been an increase in lifestyle diseases, part of the explanation is that we're living longer and have managed to beat many of the old diseases that used to take lives, yes many of us eat too much processed food, but childhood mortality rates as an example is probably the most interesting statistic. We're not going in the wrong direction at all, see the Gapminder thread. Dunno, probably. Everything evolves. That's a subjective comment. In economics it's generally accepted that wealth is measured by how well we can satisfy our needs and demands. The more needs and demands we satisfy the wealthier we are. Now what you consider to be important is entirely subjective. Legatum do a pretty good job tracking some of the indicators of wealth each year. https://www.prosperity.com/feed/2019-key-findings-global-prosperity-improving @willrocks, are you a Creationist? I used to study theology at night after I left school, fascinating and really interesting. I don't believe in any of it anymore.