Yes, much better
Yes, slightly better
No, slightly worse
No, much worse
I can't make up my mind
The average person has significantly more opportunity to live a happy and secure life than they did two centuries ago. Whether or not they take full advantage of that is entirely up to them. But I do not believe we can measure 'better' in more accurate terms than opportunity.
That said, our search for purpose has certainly shifted. Where previously more effort was needed to satisfy basic life needs and today, for example world-wide we grow enough food to feed every person on earth 2700 calories a day. Basic needs are much more plentifully supplied and in this way, life quality in general is better. However, with the extra time, people may feel lost as to what they can do with their life - what purpose do they have? Philosophically, our life has become more difficult in trying to fill these answers in a meaningful way. A majority of the population feels like the "middle children of history" ~Tyler Durden, as we tie up loose ends of energy consumption, feeding the poor, etc. But I wouldn't measure 'better' by these philosophical terms. These questions existed just the same previously, so we're not any worse off simply because we have more time to focus on these questions.
What happened to the 20th century? Two centuries ago we were in the middle of the war of 1812.
HELPING HILLARY PICK OUT HER INAUGURAL GOWN!The jokes write themselves!
No offense but this kind of a silly post. In the 19th century (1801-18999) we have simple diseasess with no cure. High infant mortality, earlier deaths, no working standards or safeguards, child labor, massive numbers of sweat shops, rampant racism (beyond that which we see today) in all sectors of society. Social casting, etc etc etc.
"Those who do not learn from history and condemned to relive it".
"There are those who will debate the necessity of wilderness, I will not, either you know it in your bones or you are very very old". Aldo Leopold - Sand County Almanac
Widespread indoor plumbing.
Liberté. Égalité. Fraternité.
While I can't speak for anyone else on this forum ,I know that in the 19th C I would most likely have been a slave for the almost the first 2/3rds of that century and probably a poor sharecropper like my great great grandfather in the latter third of that century instead of the successful restaurntuer that I am today.And I'm willing to hazard a guess that not only would my wife not be a surgeon who is allowed to vote,but we probably wouldn't have been allowed to marry each other back then because I'm a dark skinned creole and she's a cajun.
So at least for me and my wife we are definately better off in this century than in prior ones.
Yes. Much better in all things... except music, taste in clothes (meh... I guess it has its good and bad) and proper manners and civility.
Other than those things, yes we are much, much better off in most of the other important aspects of life.