Has the world become better or worse in the last two thousand years?

India
February 23, 2010 10:50am CST
Some say the world is better; others say it is worse. I don't know. Last century was the bloodiest, but now slavery is gone. I think it is cyclical; in that it is not getting better in linear sense nor is it getting worse in similar. What do you think?
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@MoonGypsy (4615)
• United States
23 Feb 10
i think there has always been positive and negative since the begining of time. it will always exist. it's too hard to say how much better or worse the world was before anything living now could truly attest to anything, but the hearsay called history. we should concentrate on how to make now and the future better.
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• India
24 Feb 10
Sort of agreed with what you said. It's more important to concentrate on the future and make it more peaceful and comfortable to live. What do you think is one thing to make this happen? Asking each one's country to stop making nuclear bomb? or do something to generate employment or do something to prevent HIV, TB kind of thing? Thanks for writing.
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@MoonGypsy (4615)
• United States
24 Feb 10
it starts, i think with each individual cell of the whole. it starts with making personal changes. then changes with family, then community then so on. this is way we are caught in a cycle that we won't get out of. this is why there will always be positive and negative. even if we did reach a state of social consciousness universally, someone will always go mess it up with ego, pride, selfishness, bordem...
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• India
26 Feb 10
True. We human have this inbuilt mechanism to mess things up as much as we have the inbuilt mechanism to build things up. I think it is true when wise men of old said that human are not in a perfected state. But this does not mean we shall not continue to work to make things better for the world. We shall work for ourselves and also for others to make this world a better place to live.
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@megamatt (14333)
• United States
23 Feb 10
Two thousand years is a very long time. So long that I cannot even begin to name some of the advances that have occurred. The world that was lived in all those years ago is vastly different. It is kind of hard to imagine people living without things that we quite frankly take for granted. The printing press was one of those inventions that happened in the last two thousand years. Could we really imagine a world without books? Without books, there would be countless other inventions that enrich the world. Plus we are better off in many ways. We live a lot longer. Diseases that killed years ago are easily cured or obsolete. Our their negatives to the new world we lived in? Yes, of course there are, with the good there must always be bad. However, do the positives outweigh the negatives? You better believe it. We have gone into the world we have with many great advances, so we are much better off.
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• India
24 Feb 10
The world has seen more health care, better communication system, more education etc. But it also has witnessed more pollution, more weapon of mass destruction, more individualistic thought pattern etc. But I would like to believe that it has become more or less better than getting more or less worse. I think the pattern is that the world is getting more or less better in a cyclical manner: up and down, more up and then down, still more up and then some down and so on and so on. Btw, thanks for posting.
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@vandana7 (57187)
• India
24 Feb 10
Hi headhunter, I think the world has become better place. :) When Ashoka, and Alexander ruled, there was no hesitation in killing, no restraint applied when contemplating wars, and people were much more casual when they saw other human beings bleed with swords and spears. Now - we feel bad when we see a fellow human being suffer! Yes - Hitler, Polpot, and Nanking were also there. But the thing is, many Germans did not personally see the pain, and were possibly not aware of extermination camps. What more, those who knew, didn't know how to escape the system as if they defied it, they could be in the line of fire. Which means they were afraid! So we progressed from times when we were indifferent to a fellow human being attacked by ferocious animals, to fellow human beings only being killed during territorial expansions, and finally to a level when such bloodshed is there only when territorial boundaries are encroached. Thought provoking discussion.
@cintoy (1014)
• Indonesia
27 Feb 10
Well, i personally think that the world are becoming worse. People are beginning to be having moral problems, Greedy minds, and some other bad thoughts. But it doesn't mean that every person in this world are like that. There are some people who still care for this world.
• India
27 Feb 10
But don't you think people were having moral problems even in the past? There were greedy minds and those with bad thoughts too. Many of the crimes that we now read in the paper were there in the past as well. Murder, thefts, rape, robbery and so on.
@cintoy (1014)
• Indonesia
1 Mar 10
yup it's true. but i believe and i have seen that every time it is getting worse meaning to say, the crimes are more nowadays than the past and it will keep on increasing in the future
• India
5 Mar 10
I am not sure about crimes becoming more and more nowadays. In the past days there were no newspaper and so people don't hear of crimes being committed in other part of the world. But now we have newspapers and tv and so it's easy to hear news. Some Christians suggest that crimes will get worse and worse and the world will become worse. But I have my doubt with such interpretation. Not all Christians were pessimistic and not all will be. Such school of thought that sees the world as getting worse and worse was not always the dominating position.
@cripfemme (7719)
• United States
27 Feb 10
I think the world has become better. There is a lot more equality around the world. Children are no longer taught to hide under the desks in the event of nuclear war. Like that would have helped anyway. I think that the world will get better and better as the years progress. That's, of course, if we don't manage to destroy the Earth. I think that's the next big hurdle for humanity--dealing with all the pollution we have created.
• India
27 Feb 10
I kinda agree with your idea. I think Stephen Hawkings said if we don't kill each other in the next century then human civilization will survive cos by then we would have colonized other planets as well. He was primarily referring to nuclear holocaust though. But the point you raised about pollution also poses a serious problem for humanity.
@skysuccess (8882)
• Singapore
26 Feb 10
headhunter525, To those who are living in war torn or civil disaster stricken regions I feel that the answer would be obvious on one side of the scale. Whilst, for those who are living in struggling economy regions, they will also feel no less comfortable than their fellow neighbors above. In my observation, as much as the world has progressed in economy, health, science and technology; it has also took a beating in all these departments. IMO, I feel that our world has become better and no matter what we have witnessed - let us not forget to give due credit to our present surrounding and environment. Be contented with what we have and remember those who do not have it at the moment yet.
• India
26 Feb 10
For individual it could be worse for some; but it could be otherwise for someone else. But my question was what the overall situation would have been. I agree that we should remember those who are less fortunate. In fact there are millions of people dying of hunger each week, each month. And I think it's very important to care for them.
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