I'm going to disagree with the premise that man is striving for a golden age of peace and a world where death is wiped out forever. This smells like a Utopian concept instead of reality, and makes man the arbiter of change and progress rather than man's Creator. Certainly man has some measure of control over direction and destiny, but the overall control from Adam to the return of the Son of Man must be in Him whose world this is.
The lack of such knowledge or as I would put it, faithlessness, leaves one wondering about the many what if's in life and who really is pulling the strings, or in control. IMHO there are more good people on earth today than ever before in it's history, and they are striving with every fiber of their being, to make the world a better place than in previous centuries.
Knowledge for the ultimate good of man is being poured out on humanity in ever greater measure and there are receptive minds and spirits to receive it, nurture it through the process of bringing it to light and guard that knowledge into the next generation where it will expand even further by like minds and spirits. Just consider the developments in medicine, science, travel, communication, longevity for mankind, etc etc.
The righteous are living longer and thus producing good in a synergistic way as never before. There are strong nations, that nearly guarantee the conditions necessary for the righteous progress of man. There are men/women with voices unable to be stopped by virtue of the new media which has further spread truth, and spelled the demise of those who think they control what man can and should know.
No, we are living in the golden age of peace, prosperity, and progress, and though there are many who would destroy what God has wrought, they will fail as they have failed in past centuries. Good men die, but their numbers will never be as great as evil men who manage to destroy each other in far greater numbers than the natural passing and even the unnatural passing of the best of mankind.
"Show me just what Mohammed brought that was new, and there you will find things only evil and inhuman, such as his command to spread by the sword the faith he preached." -Manuel II Paleologus