World Bank Group

Now is the golden era of human existence

Despite what we see and hear in the news, life is better than it has ever been. We live longer than ever before, and we reside in the most peaceful and prosperous time in our species' history.

According to the World Health Organization, global life expectancy remained unchanged at 30 years old from prehistoric times until 1900. However, global life expectancy has more than doubled to over 70 years old over the last century. In prehistoric times, approximately 15% of humans died violent deaths; and although the 20th century was the most brutal period in recent history, less than 1% of the world population died in war or by other violent means.

Notably, wartime deaths have...