Are We Getting Better?

I’ve been having discussions that have caused me to do a lot of thinking about the idea that we are “getting better” as a society, as humanity.  C.S. Lewis referred to this as “chronological snobbery”. And whether you are the type who makes fun of Lewis or not, one must admit that we write off the past generations pretty quickly, when seldom are our solutions incredibly better (if even new).

What do you think? Is humanity, society, getting better?

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4 Responses to Are We Getting Better?

  1. Ben says:

    People are equally depraved and debauchery is always present, but I have to believe that society structurally is getting better in many respects. Two quick examples that come to mind are the abolishment of slavery and progress of civil rights. On the whole, quality of life is up around the world despite the population explosion. We generally have way more freedom of choice than our predecessors did.

    It will be interesting to hear what other people say.

  2. TC Robinson says:

    George, I believe at some levels we are getting better. But at others, we stink!

  3. George says:

    Thanks, guys, for giving your thoughts.

  4. Nathan Stitt says:

    I’ve not given it a whole lot of thought really. I think humanity is basically evil, and it is only through sheer act of will that we are not. Some people get to the point where they are no longer naturally selfish, but I wouldn’t say that is the norm.

    I don’t tend to view modern humanity in terms of better or worse, but rather by how quickly humanity is being changed and manipulate by the advances of technology. It’s as if we adopt technology unquestioningly, and without any thought towards the effects it has on society as a whole.

    Thanks for the provoking post.

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