Have Things Improved?

Technology has brought many improvements in countless aspects of our daily lives such as healthcare, education, and human rights. Overall, the world, in general, has become more stable and tranquil. Let’s face it, for most people, wars in the twenty-first century are unimaginable. How many of us had to worry about wars happening? How many of us had to worry about dying from simple diseases, such as the common cold? How many of us had to rely on farming to hopefully be able to have food on our dinner plate? - I doubt that you ever had to. In other words, life has become a lot simpler and calmer.

On the other hand, these modern conveniences are also impacting society and have the potential to cause some of the most lethal natural disasters, global famines, economic crises, and even cause the majority of the world’s largest cities to submerge underwater. Thus, along with modern conveniences, it has brought many new consequences into our daily lives.

What Has Improved?

I will say that the standards of living have ameliorated. To give an illustration, the global life expectancy has now risen to 72.6 years, which is exceptional when considering the fact that, a century ago, in the early 1900s, the global life expectancy was 40 to 45 years, according to the Mortality Improvements And Evolution Of Life Expectancies.

Moreover, it has become the norm for people to graduate high school and to further pursue their studies at a university, therefore elucidating the impression that education has become more accessible than ever before. Further, another important factor of our society that has improved is human rights. In today’s world, there are a clear set of municipal, provincial, national, and international laws that everyone is obliged to abide by regardless of their race, ethnicity or gender.

In regards to the more robust legal systems, additional documents signed by many first-world nations such as the Geneva Convention and the United Nations Child Rights further help establish high humanitarian standards in our society. Along with human rights, women's rights and anti-racism have also seen improvement. Although some people still hold biased views towards women and although racism still occurs every now and then, women’s rights and anti-racism are widely taught in schools around the world and have become both legally and socially unacceptable in our society.

Besides, in today's world, one single video clip or a recording has the potential to spread to all five continents of the world in a matter of time. Not only do these kinds of videos spark tension in the online community, but it is also a matter of time before influential media companies start writing and investigating.

When this occurs, although from time to time the assailant does get away through bribery and back door dealings, it only takes a few days for articles to be seen everywhere, for netizens to start investigating the case on its own and for people to start protesting which, in turn, further provokes the government itself to start investigating the case.

Hence, as I have mentioned, with technology, it has become much easier for both victims of such crimes to express themselves in public to the world via the internet. For instance, without the invention of social media, chances are that nobody would have even known what happened to George Floyd.

Thanks to facial recognition systems, fingerprint technology, security cameras, it has made it nearly impossible for criminals to escape the law. Additionally, it seems to me that the moment crimes are committed in public or when any racial slurs are said and heard, news spreads nationwide in just a matter of time, which triggers millions of people to protest.