Life has always been harsh. I came across a funny little "factoid" about some old Norse warrior with a surname that was something to the effect of "Child-Friend". Tolfsgar Child-Friend. Some shit like that. His peers gave him that name AS A JOKE. He was derided in his group because he argued for mercy when they raided villages and killed everyone.. children included. "Child-Friend" was an INSULT in his day. lol.. You had more respect if your name was Skull-Smasher.
I'd say, as bad as it is, that we've come a long way. At least many parts of society has. The world will keep spinning for a long time, with no end in sight, but people do and have evolved. Don't lament the present times like they are the downfall of humanity. It's not even close. At least now, when you're called a friend of children, it's usually a compliment.