… is from pages vii-viii of Stephen Davies’s 2019 book, The Wealth Explosion: The Nature and Origins of Modernity:
Human beings today, in all parts of the world, live in a way that is truly unprecedented. In other words it is not a matter of there being more of what has been before or better or faster versions of things that were known to our forebears. Rather the experiences and reasonable expectations of anyone born in the last hundred years are so different from those of the vast majority in all previous epochs that we can say quite definitely that they are genuinely novel. There has been a fundamental change in the quality and nature of human life and experience.