At the beginning of the Industrial Revolution global life expectancy was around 30 years, today it is around 70 years. Bubonic plague, smallpox, scarlet fever, cholera, typhus, yellow fever, influenza, measles, were a few of the epidemics which ravaged the lives of our ancestors. They lived in filth, seldom washing and spent all of their waking hours trying to get enough food to get them through the day. Thank God for the Industrial Revolution.
Yes, many of us have too much “stuff”, but a decreasing percentage of us live in abject poverty. Everything has a downside.
We must be very careful what we wish for.