yes, but not b/c we're collectively more evil/foolish/etc. than we were 10, 100, 1000 yrs ago. the reason things are worse is cause we've constructed a system which is 1) by nature grossly unfair (not that, tbc, I have anything better to offer, at least not anything that is pragmatic & not merely idealistic) & 2) destroys the place we live at a fantastic clip. oh & which is entirely dependent on a single irreplaceable fuel supply that is rapidly (how rapidly being a topic of discussion among scientists & experts) dwindling.Evil and madness and chaos and foolishness have always been there, and are probably irradicable. Radical. Irradicable. Are things especially bad today? I don't know.
I share some of your optimism zhao. Using our creative capacities for innovation and cooperation we - that is humanity as a whole - can and do address our shared problems. But it ain't that simple. Humanity rarely thinks as a whole, it is divided along many lines. Often a problem solved for one person/group is a problem created for another. Also, in solving a problem it is common to generate novel problems in the process. The cumulative effects of this mean that we undergo continual adaptation and transformation; but there is no single direction and no end-point.all "physical" problems such as environmental degradation, shortage of water/food/energy, etc., can be solved.
is, IMHO, pretty meaningless. To make it meaningful you would need to be specific about what constitutes this "system" you refer to; and the nature of this "power", i.e. who holds it, where/how it is manifest etcit's the system which prevents and stops the solutions from being implemented.
the power, as always, is the real problem.