I had an spirited discussion with my dad about that a few years ago.
I’m super aware (as somebody who reads voraciously in history, sociology, and anthropology) that humans living today are (generally speaking) far better off than at any time in the past.
We’re so much healthier, we don’t die of routine illnesses like tooth infections and burst appendixes.
We mostly have enough to eat and stay warm without working so hard we can’t enjoy life.
Many of us live in places so safe we can walk around outdoors after dark without fear.
This is new!
We’re doing great. We have time to pursue art, love, passion, fulfillment.
We have time to ponder the meaning of our existence and enjoy our children.
We’ve done pretty darn well building societies that work for us. Sure, we have work to do. Sure, some people suffer unnecessarily. And together we can work for progress. We should!
But we should also, I think, balance ourselves by recognizing how well off we are compared to most humans who came before us.