From any objective standard, we live in an environmental Golden Age, says Micheal Shermer, editor of "Skeptic Magazine", in a recent LA Times article.
Stone Age tribes existing today, and thus proxies for our hunter-gatherer ancestors, possess around 300 products that improve their quality of life. Residents of big cities have access to over 10 billion items.
Hunter-gatherers earned the equivalent of $100 per year, according to anthropological evidence, while the average US Urbanite earns $40,000. As discussed earlier, crime rates have dropped as much as 75% and we have 4 times as much leisure time as we did in 1880.