There are some thing's in the world that are improving. However, there are MORE things which are getting worse. The things which are getting worse, are very serious issues that could spell disaster for our entire species.
A very serious one. One which threatens us with extinction in fact. It's a massive topic that's been done to death, but still relevant.
Governments have always been corrupt, but never before have they had so much power. With the Internet being our primary means of Discovery, Knowledge, Culture, Self-informing, and even being THE main advent that shapes our view of the world.
The government, and corporations having strict control over what we see, and by contract (do not see
) is a very powerful form of control. This is actually a subject that would take not just one book, but many books to cover the full scope of, but to put it in perspective, and shorten it up: Fake News(The real kind.), Personalized Content(This is where you are only shown articles, news, and websites from a certain perspective. While hiding those of other perspectives, and alternative viewpoints.), Memes (Books have been written on this subject, and I'm not talking about the silly kind of meme, but the real kind -- When used in a certain way, and in combination with previously mentioned tactics, can be used as a form of mind control.), along with a few other things that would take too much text to explain.
[Advanced Technology being used as Weapons.]
This is sort of an extension of the last one, but since that focused on the internet, I thought it deserved its own category. Things like Drones, Computer Viruses, Cyber Warfare(Part of the above topic.).
The technology that is available, and being used today by malicious entities, governments, and corporations is actually beyond what most people imagine it to be. I'm sure everyone has heard the saying, anything that's commercially available, corporations have 10+ years more advanced tech, and the government 50-100 years more advanced than that. Which is true to a certain extent, and some of what they have/use is very scary. I won't really get into it, mainly because of the scope, and partly because of its classified nature, people will mainly assume it's all conspiracy theory.
[People seem in "General" to be more Afflicted than previous generations.]
I'll focus on America, because that's where I live, and what I know best. So at the moment, America is in a HORRIBLE place. Socially we have reverted like 5-10 generations with Racism, Sexism, Violent Tendencies, etc.
It really seems the entire country is out of their minds, everyone is angry at everyone else, pointing the finger of blame at other groups, religions, political affiliations, etc, And the people mainly responsible(The Rich, and Corporations) have manipulated us into this blaming each-other, and hating each-other, simply by fanning the flames of hatred that already afflicted us, in order to cover their tracks.
Our government is falling to pieces, Corporations have taken over our government, and bought out our entire government structure. Our country is literally dead broke (Financially, and Socially), The rich feed off the remains of our broken economy, and society all the while they store their money overseas and have no allegiance to our country or any other entity aside from their own self-interests. If they destroy a country, they can just take their private jets to another one, with their money secured in offshore bank accounts all around the world.
So they sucked another country dry, and destroyed their Government, Environment, Culture, and Economy in the process, So what? They've done it before, and they will do it again, and no one will stop them, simply because, they have all the power and all the money. (Which is essentially the same thing in today's world.)
[Terrorism, War, and Countries Falling Apart.]
Also an extension of the above. Thing's like BREXIT, The Pipeline running through Native American land, Egypt, Spain, Syria, Lebanon, There are just too many to list. So I'll throw in a link to cover it more fully. 
However, I'll be clear, the direct cause of a MAJORITY of this, IS CORPORATIONS, AND THE ELITE RICH! America went to war in the middle east via excuses in order to STEAL their natural resources. Everyone knows this, it tore apart the fragile balances in the region, and literally started what should be called WW3. Which is basically every powerful nation making Land Grabs, and Resource Grabs, in order to maintain their countries power, wealth, and Status in the world. This is all driven by greed.
All of it happens via Laws, Bills, and Politicians who are Financially backed, Sponsored, and subsequently Illegally Elected. It's all Corporate interest controlled, it has been for decades, and will continue to be so. Just as Exxon Backed George Bush SR, and JR, and now, Rex Tillerson (Ex-executive, and vice president of Exxon-Mobil) is now our HEAD OF frak STATE!
.. What else can I really say.. That just kind of puts a nail in the coffin of doubt here.
I mean, I could go on, and on about how our world is falling apart, I'm not going to deny there are good things and good people out there with good intentions. It's just that... It's not enough to counter the massive amount of human greed destroying our world. AND IT'S REALLY frak SAD.
Most days I just try to push it all out of my mind, and not think about it. But it's always there, and not thinking about it... ignoring it.. is the very essence of what is allowing it all to happen. "We can't change anything.". What can I do as a single person?... There are probably around 3 Billion Minimum? People thinking this at any given moment.. Just realize that.
Anyway, I'm done with my overdramatic, too long of a post. Good day to everyone... well night now. this took a while to write, dang!
 https://www.globalpolicy.org/nations-a- ... tates.html
More information on corperate rule, and subversion of our democracy:
https://corpgov.law.harvard.edu/2012/01 ... ed-states/
“Freedom is secured not by the fulfilling of one's desires, but by the removal of desire” – Epictetus