10% of people own 90% of the wealth, and Western Europe and the U.S. grew in global GDP share from 9% to 56% in the last 500 years (although total GDP grew only since 1960). The pie only got redistributed! The Life Expectancy at Birth (LEB) more than doubled since 1900 AD, and the human population expected to treble just in the present generation [1950 to 2040].
We have modified a third of the Earth’s surface, and increased atmospheric CO2
by 30% in the past 200 years. We have caused mass extinctions of species (the Holocene Extinction) at 100-1,000 times natural background rates. Wildlife populations have declined 67% in the past 50 years, and 85% of the world’s fisheries are threatened.
We are ‘discontent,’ the price we pay for civilization according to Freud; ‘disenchanted’ and ‘dehumanized,’ a result of capitalism according to Max Weber; and experts envisage an increase in human misery in the coming decades.
There is a 19% probability of human extinction by 2100 AD, and a 95% chance in 10,000 years according to the Doomsday Argument. We have been ‘anatomically’ around for 150,000 years and ‘behaviorally’ for just 50,000. Dinosaurs survived 165 million!