It is predicted by many schools of thought including Buddhism that we live in the last age, The Kali Yuga.
It is described as: "The final age that lasts only one tenth of the cycle, however, that is certainly long enough as it is the age of darkness and ignorance. People slide further down the path of dishonesty, with virtue being of little value. Passions become uncontrollable as unrestrained sexual indulgences and manipulations run through society. Liars and hypocrites rise. Important knowledge is lost and scriptures become less and less common. The human diet is now ‘dirty’, and people are not even close to being as powerful as their ancestors in the Satya Yuga. Likewise, the once pristine environment is now polluted. Water and food become scarce, as do family bonds."
All of which we see amply in our worlds now, dishonestly, lack of ethical ways of living, pre-occupation with sex, pollution, scarcity of food and water supplies due to greed of wealthy industrialists, who think making more and more profit is more important than life itself and are willing to risk all for an extra buck...that they don't need. There is a lack of empathy for people that are underprivileged or who don't fit into their clog roles in the big machine of society, like Van Gogh's art did not fit into his society, it had too much life, power, energy and soul. Soul does not make industrialists rich in fact it hinders the function of their well-oiled machines. Soul in the Kagu Age is an obstacle to their greed. It is a very dark time that we live in, in every facet and aspect of life.