Originally posted by @mchill
Calling attention to the injustices of the world can be a noble thing, up to a point, but too often little attention is given the progress that has been made. Take a look at the standard of living in the world 50, 100, or 200 years ago, and look at it now. Yes, we face a multitude of problems, some minor and some major, but compared to what our ancestors fac ...[text shortened]... ound music for chess. This young lady is amazing!
"Calling attention to the injustices of the world can be a noble thing, up to a point ..."
As long it does not inconvenience privileged white men, of course. (sarcasm intended)
"Yes, we face a multitude of problems, some minor and some major, but compared
to what our ancestors faced, it's not so bad out there."
100 years ago, did any people have to worry about being killed by nuclear weapons?
100 years (or less) ago, it was easier to develop antibiotics that would be widely effective.
Now it's becoming increasingly more difficult and costly to develop new antibiotics.
Let's compare the record of genocides in the 20th century with that of the 19th century.
Was there any improvement?
My point is that people today have to face different problems (including nuclear weapons
proliferation, climate change, running out of 'fossil fuel' energy sources) than they did 100 years ago.
And there's no certainty that people today will be any better than our ancestors were at solving their problems.