“Win/Win”

“Win/Win”
  

After examining this chart of how prosperity is spread across the globe, it’s difficult to imagine that .1% of the total number of humans existing on earth today, will ever fully exhaust all the wealth they have attained. As crazy as this inequality appears to be, it doesn’t represent as much for everyone, if evenly divided as you might think. $60 trillion divided by 7 billion people, works out to $8,571.43 per human on earth. Hardly enough to set the world up on easy street, but certainly enough to imagine more is possible. $23.48 a day for every man, woman, and child is in no way prosperity for all, yet exponentially more than the $1.44 per day defining the species most extreme poverty. But, now that we’ve established a social order that delivers such prosperity, while escalating the potential for nearly everyone, shouldn’t we take the next $60 trillion of wealth, and apply more of it to the bottom 99.9%? Ever wonder why there’s such a concentration of benefit in such a tiny segment of the population? Indifference, the very backbone from which the capitalist society sprung, has also failed to allow throughout its history, for an equal distribution of benefit. This consequence is not necessarily malicious in intent, but rather a result in the lack of awareness in its very beginnings, and the subsequent lack of a level playing field in more modern times. Of course there have been many accounts throughout the industrial revolution, and even into the technical revolution of today, where organizations knowingly took advantage of eager disadvantaged individuals and cultures to lower costs, and increase profit, but over its entirety, capitalism numbed our awareness of those we were doing business with, and thus allowed the more adeptly skilled entrepreneurs to accelerate to the top of the capitalist food chain. Maybe now, you can start to realize where this whole story is headed, given that the polar opposite of indifference is compassion, combined with the industrialization of society, and it’s disconnecting effects on family, and community. We depend on strangers, from all over the world to feed the consumptive materialism prevalent in modern cultures around the world, without the compassion given to consider the chain of events it takes to deliver them. We’ve chased lower labor costs around the world, to the most disadvantaged, cheapest source, all in the name of the lowest price. Maybe we don’t correct that right away, but adjusting our values, and perspectives, give the 99.9% a larger slice of the next $60 trillion of wealth creation.

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