It is amazing how much the world has changed over the last century. New scientific discoveries and technological advancement have made our life much easier than it used to be in the past. However, the changes have taken place not only in the technology or science but also within a society.

First of all, today equality and freedom are the most basic human rights, while in the past those who were wealthy had control and power over the poor. In the past, especially at the times of feudalism, society fell into estates and people at the lowest level of the social ladder, namely peasants, have actually no rights. They were treated as a property of their lord. Today, despite the differences in financial status, all people have the same rights.

Another important change concerns the situation of women. In the past they were treated by men as "a second class" citizens. They were expected to be housewives-give birth to children, raise them and take care of their household and their family. They were completely dependent on their husbands then. What is more, women did not have the right to vote and they have very limited access to education as they were not allowed to attend universities. However, women finally won their long battle for suffrage and today they can not only vote but also become members of the parliament. Besides, nowadays women are independent and many of them are successful businesswomen running their own companies. A modern woman can compromise pursuing her professional careers and having family.

Besides, it seems that the past was very turbulent. Many nations fought fierce wars and it was very common that cities and villages were ravaged by invaders. People felt insecure about their lives and about their future. What is more, lack of proper education was a main cause of superstitions which often led to dramatic situations. Many people fell victims of which hunts and of Inquisition. What is more, due to very bad hygienic conditions in which people lived, epidemics of various diseases killed thousands of people.

All things considering, it seems obvious that now life is much better than it was in the past. However, it cannot be denied that in the past life was not that hectic and stressful as it has become nowadays. Today people are preoccupied with making money and career so much that they often do not have time for their families. In fact, modern people usually live not with each other but next to each other. The conditions of life are definitely much better now but it can be questioned whether the quality of life is really better.