I came across these two articles and was a bit struck by their contrasts. First: 5 Reasons Why 2013 Was The Best Year In Human History In a nutshell: 1) We're living longer; 2) fewer people are living in extreme poverty; 3) wars are less common and less deadly; 4) murder and other violent crimes are less common; and 5) there's less racism, sexism, and other discrimination. So from a broad, humanity-based perspective, it looks like things are getting better on a number of fronts and we are progressing fairly well (although much remains to be done). But OTOH... We (Americans) are Losing Faith in God "A new Harris Poll released today reveals that only 74% of Americans believe in God, an 8% decline since 2009. Before today, U.S. adults had remained fairly consistent in their religious beliefs — 82% of U.S. respondents previously reported that they believed there was a God since 2005. In another decline, only 54% of Americans are now "absolutely certain" in God's existence, a 12% decrease over the last decade." This trend towards a less religious society mirrors similar trends in Europe. So in some ways we (humanity) are improving our lot in several important ways, but at the same time we're becoming less religious and more secular. What do you make of that?