You mean back in the days of the black death, witch burning's, the holocaust, the crusades? The days when 1 in 3 children dead before the age of 1 and when 1 in 3 women dead in child birth? Or the days when men fought face to face with axes and swords, when an old man was in his 40's........Do you mean those nice olden days? :-/
The world became so bad when people desired to earn and acquire more. It is the competition of wealth acquisition that has made man selfish and greedy and has made men to design dubious way to attain them which includes even stealing and killing.
Psychiatry and their drugs. The lies of the media. The banks enslaving people with money. The destruction of healthy diets. The hypnotic effects of screens (TV PC Games). Street drugs being allowed by the government.
Its always been a mess. The difference is that now we have technology which allows us to communicate around the world in a matter of seconds. So instead of just findind out what goes on in your town, now you hear about the whole world. Also, as you get older you start paying a little attention to world events, when before u only cared about playing and eating candy....
I have an elderly friend (we're the same age but I'm old and he's elderly) who constantly pines for the 1950s. The world was better then. The world was nicer then. People were... and so on, ad nauseum.
Our modern world has so much more to offer than any period I can think of -- not the 1950s, or the 1850s, and certainly not any time earlier than that. Civilization has advanced so far that even the poorest nations now have better opportunities than at any time in the past, and those of us who live in advanced countries are healthy and wealthy beyond the expectations of our forebears.
Sure there are still places where poverty and ignorance promote ignorance, but these tend to be the Islamic theocracies. But let's not blame Islam altogether -- the Christian theocracy was complicit in giving us the Dark Ages.
The world hasn't become "bad" Jamal. It's a wonderful world and as we learn and grow it will become even better.
I think population growth, and governments becoming care takers. But most of all media, I really think percapitia there is less crime and problems then there was 100 years ago. Caluvox made good points, I think we are not worse off, we just hear about it more due to media and population growth.
When was it better -- and for whom? We are among the luckiest people to have ever inhabited this planet. We are on the verge of connecting all humans to one another for the first time since the world came into being -- and bring into being all the amazing possibilities that portends.
I speak from some experience as a 60+ old geezer. I lived within, and was part of, the racism of the 1950s and 60s. In just those 60 years I have seen amazing societal transformations, incredible medical break-throughs, and an exponential growth in knowledge that shows no signs of slowing down.
If anyone thinks this world is going to hell in a hand-basket, that will most likely be a self-fulfilling prophesy for that person. I prefer to look forward at what can be.