History is full of dark periods and a rebirth that comes afterwards. Here in the US it started with the Revolutionary War, years of a bloody campaign. If you were alive in the Revolutionary War life likely sucked. But afterwards was the creation of the United States. Unfortunately over the years we've seen to lose our way in so many regards.
Then came the Civil War. Americans killing other Americans in mass. Cousin against cousin. Again, if you lived through the four years life may have been crap. However, afterwards came the birth of electricity, mass communication starting with the telegraph machine, modern sewage and plumbing, the automobile, sources of entertainment.
Then came the Depression and WW2. Sixteen long miserable years. Again, afterwards was the birth of a solid middle class, jet travel, even better forms of communication, modern highways, better medicines, new means of entertainment. Finally the acknowledgement that some of us had been excluded from the American dream but we have fallen short in providing them with pathways out of poverty.
So now we in another dark period. Lots of anger, anxiety, confusion, fear. Eventually all of it will lead to something better and probably will take some kind of collapse to get there. Of course, now we have to contend with bombs that can wipe out the entire human race. Quite different from the first two world wars. But if we make it through what's on the other side will be much improved, not perfect mind you.
The wheels of the human race keep turning. If you were born in the mid 30s to the mid 50s other than as a child you spent your years in an upswing. If you were motivated, smart, dedicated and tenacious you had a great ride. For those born from the late 50s through the end of the century, well you've had to contend with the dark period and might be forced to live through a reset. That will suck. Born after the year 2000 you might be more like your great grandparents. We shall see.