I just read another article about how humanity as a whole did better in 2017:
It seemed awful. But overall, it was a great year for humanity.
—9 ways the world got a lot better in 2017
The nine ways are
- Less famine
- Fewer war deaths
- Fewer deaths from natural disasters
- Progress against pestilence
- Greater life expectancy
- More democracy
- Expanding rights for women and sexual minorities
- Fewer people living on $2 a day
- Greener energy
The article ends with,
So for all of the horror that remains, it is still reasonable to suggest that the average human being on planet Earth has never had it so good — even if the average human being seems doubtful about that claim.