Trevor says in the comments
Presumably we are a very long way from where we would like to be. Crime, hatred, poverty etc. are still intrinsic parts of our everyday life.
I agree with the sentiment that things are improving, but things are still pretty sickening.
Framing effects have an important effect on how we see the world. It happens when we hear that the crime rate has fallen 5% or that the economy has grown 5%. Five percent!? Are you kidding, crime is sky high! People are still dirt poor! Thing is though, that both statements can be true, but we chose to look at things differently.
We can ask, "why are people so violent" or we could ask, "why are people so much less violent now than they ever have been?" The second phrasing is consistent with unacceptably high levels of violent crime but also suggests we try to understand how things have changed that things are so different. The establishment of wise rules isn't magic; all we can expect is that things will move in a positive direction.
There's also a big difference between things being crap now and the evolved cultural norms etc being bad. When we think of things being pretty sickening we don't normally think of rich liberal nations, we think of places where many of these social rules have not been established. Many of the problems in countries like America could be traced to the breakdown of some important, well established norms, like marriage in the inner-cities.