In many ways we have far outpaced our predecessors. There are those that hold to the past and mourn what is lost, but by all accounts pre (H)istory was full of disease, want, lack of resources, and disturbingly inefficient energy sources. By contrast our current society has few diseases, widespread resources and lodging (we need more people honestly), and of course basically infinite energy supplies through Magica.
Although we are still plagued with very real problems, the majority of these problems come from without, and can in many cases be solved with a sufficiently enchanted sword.
I take solace in this fact, and look to a future where even those final problems are put away permanently.
-Quote from the Winter Celebration speech by Queen Augustine