My only response to questions like this: Why was this acceptable in the past, and not now? Why was it okay to rape people, pillage and enslave others but now it's not?
A: More goods means more people have them. Basicly industrialization meant fewer food and goods shortages, we aren't perfect, but a person in the first or second world, has more options than resorting to bandetry to survive. I don't need to club the guy next door and raid his fridge to eat tonight.
B: The increasing education standards required of an industrialized socity, and allowed by the labor saved by machines means more people are able to think about their options, and both speak and think for themselves. The common man also has access to the general history of humanity, even if the viewpoints are sometimes skewed, this means he has examples of other ways to accomplish his goals avalible to him.
C: The world is more connected, you are less likely to rob Somebody you know, or support a war in a country where a friend lives.
D: Powerful & Organized governments have formed, most of the strongest are varying degrees of republics and democracies. Not only are they powerful, but in many their authority comes from their people, not some single king who can begin an endless cycle of violence over a tiny slight.
E: As more people are educated and connected you can't get away with things as much. If russia imploded into warring factions people in america would know, and while it might not affect them much, they would know about it, and so would the rest of the world. Granted there are jackasses that just don't care what people think.
F: The U.N. while lord knows they aren't perfect, they at least provide a forum for nations to speak with each other and communicate, and keeps international crisis to a minimum.
G: on a persional level the effects of WW1 and WW2 have pretty well destroyed the romantic myths of war, and people are more apt to think twice, that's not to say war doesn't happen. but people are more realistic.
H: speaking of war, most nations have supply lines, no need to raid the countryside, and we've realized that destroying a country isn't the best way to get what we want.
J: Nukes, all the big boys have them, and are basicly pointing loaded guns at each other, keeps everyone polite.
The list goes all the way to Z
I am just dying to hear this one. Would you care to give me an example of our Heavenly Father telling us to settle down?
Short of a lightning bolt having struck George Bush Jr and Osama bin Ladin, only the looniest people these days believe god smites people with static electricity.
Every holy book from buddist to Tao, from various Bibles to the Koran, all say not to kill, not to murder, and not to do any of the stupid shit people do.
Osama for example looked for the Jihad Loophole, which of course it means struggle, as in internal struggle, the kind everyone faces, yet he basicly cut out the forgiveness, mercy, and general "killing is bad for X Y and Z reasons."
By the same tolken far right fundies edit the bible when it suits them, and rely on the OT for all of their gaybashing, and support of other draconian laws. the OT was over for christians when christ died, and pretty much a new covenant was made (till includes the DO NOT KILL STUFF), the old stuff doesn't apply to non-jews, and they take care of themselves.
It's in giant blaring letters, people choose not to listen.