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The standard of life in the world today is better than it ever has been in written history.

 

From a percentages standpoint, more people are literate, more have food, the life expectancy has increased, etc. than ever before.

 

Given this reality, looking at the world today, I would say we have a pretty long way to go. But how long do you think it will be until war, hunger and systematic oppression really do disappear? Will technology continue to reduce problems and improve people's lives? Or will it be used as a force to spread oppression?

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I think war and oppression will exist as long as humans continue to exist. And technology can both improve the quality of people's lives (healthcare maybe?) and be used to oppress..

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Life expectancy has increased? :huh: I thought it had decreased...I mean, weren't the earliest humans the ones with the longest lives?

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Life expectancy has increased? :huh: I thought it had decreased...I mean, weren't the earliest humans the ones with the longest lives?

 

in religious terms yes (i.e. pre and post deluge). in terms of written and documented history, no.

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The standard of life in the world today is better than it ever has been in written history.

 

From a percentages standpoint, more people are literate, more have food, the life expectancy has increased, etc. than ever before.

 

Given this reality, looking at the world today, I would say we have a pretty long way to go. But how long do you think it will be until war, hunger and systematic oppression really do disappear? Will technology continue to reduce problems and improve people's lives? Or will it be used as a force to spread oppression?

I think that's highly dependent on what you regard as being important for a high standard of life.

 

Poverty and hunger can be alleviated so easily if it wasn't a greedy world. Tons of food is thrown away each year that could easily be used to feed the hungry.

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