Better off alive than dead?

Probably not, especially as we have (arguably) no evidence of what it’s like to be dead, especially over the long term.  And the only people asking this question appear to be alive, so I’d conclude we are all better off alive. However, earlier this year when the official count of heads on the planet reached 7 billion, the question was asked:compared to the 7 billion alive, how many people are dead?  Many articles gave an answer, and the modal answer (available in this article) was 107 billion came before us. That means there’s a ratio of about 15:1 of dead to living people at present.  And that’s apparently a pretty good estimate.