@ Susan P. Knight I cannot help but feel that concerns you seek to raise in your above statement are completely unfounded. Every single criterion you listed as being the result of recent cultural advances has been an issue for mankind for centuries. Syphilis has been well documented since Columbus returned from the Americas (he is also believed to have died from complications of this STI). Unwanted pregnancies have always been listed a common problem since the beginning of recorded history. The first ever record of an abortion comes from an Egyptian papyrus dated to 1550 BCE, while most every great civilization of the ancient world had some form of contraceptive aimed at preventing all of these undesired pregnancies “due to promiscuity.” Undoubtedly many of these unwanted babies were caused by the rampant practice of prostitution which was legalized by the ancient Greeks, Romans, and Chinese. Prostitution was even listed on the oldest known record of professions, a Sumerian text dated to 2400 BCE. Opiate addiction has been cited in historical documents as far back as the 15th century.
As for the “shockingly inconsiderate behavior towards others,” …can we please take a moment to remember that until 1865 the United States practiced slavery. Slavery. I would say that rates pretty high on the inconsiderate behavior scale. See also: the Vikings, Attila the Hun, Caligula, the Spanish Inquisition, and the historical Indian caste system. Please, do not make the mistake of thinking that everything that is wrong today is because of recent technological/social/political developments. Our ancient ancestors faced these same problems. If anything, the overwhelming majority of these social issues have been reduced thanks to advances in scientific research and education.