oh yes? like how? I mean, now we have a lot more advanced medicine to reduce infant & mother mortality rate, raise life expectancy, prevent & treat a lot of diseases. We have the technology to bring clean water to more population, better access to education, more secular societies. ANything else missing?
Well yes, we understand the reality of the world. We understand the reality at the sub-microscopic level with quantum mechanics. And we understand the reality of the world above the macro-level with general relativity.
We understand the reality of our economic world with Adam Smith's, "Wealth of Nations".
We understand the scientific method.
We understand how to limit power with liberal democracy.
We have improved our social world beyond recognition with the abolition of institutional slavery for the first time in history by the House of Commons in 1833.
And we have improved our social world with the emancipation of women for the first time in history in Australia and New Zealand in 1901.
And we have liberated children from child abuse for the first time in history in Ireland in 2009, just as we are liberating children from child abuse as I write with the Australian Royal Commission into Child Abuse.
The list goes on and on and on, and it reminds me of the Monty Python sketch where Brian asks, "What have the Romans ever done for us?". To see what the Romans have done for us, click on - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IsxrFZIc3o0
I'd be curious to know just how civilized "the gold ole' days" really were if they had smartphones, YouTube, and Facebook back then. I can't help but think that the advent of social media and the Internet has made it very easy to see all of humanities ugliness very easily.
Also: Honey Boo Boo. Need I say more?
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