About 1963 I moved to BC and worked in sawmills, with a whooping $2,15 per hour. A whole $17.20 a day. Walking to work one day in Nanimo, I saw a small house, two bedroom, nice looking condition, on a big lot, fruit trees, garden, for sale $4500. For a single person, two years, maybe three, earning $2.00 per hour, it was possible to pay for the house, with half your wages. $15.00 per hour today, to buy the same house, using half your wages, it would 10 to 15 years to pay down the principle, and as many more to pay the interest. More likely, a life time to paid off that same house with wages of $15.00 Hour. Progress.
Deduction; wages for most of the population of Canada are 1/6 of what they were in 1960.
Deduction; a few people are very rich in assets, a small group of people have excess of needs, the rest have debt, or nothing much. And everybody is on pain killers. Progress.
Cleaned up the garden today, tomorrow, Apple tree pruning, ate my last two apples today, making progress.