That a part of humanity, the human gene pool, has certain dark aspects like extreme greed, large-scale violence, ignorance (not always a bliss, be fair), shouldn’t be a secret for any of us by now, just grab the news sometimes, go out and look around, talk with others.
But in today’s news waves there was this morning something epically disturbing, something that could wash away all our remaining hope in both humanity and world economics/orde: 8 of the richest people on Earth have together the wealth of 50% of the planet’s population, the poorest ones (3.6 bln. people approximately)!! If this is not alarming, I wouldn’t know what.This is a warning about an ever-increasing concentration of wealth was published in a report with the start of the World Economic Forum, and Oxfam was responsible for the sum up.
Those eight are worth total a dazzling $426 billion(!), and to name them:
- Bill Gates (founder of Microsoft, nowadays more of a charity man)
- Amancio Ortega (founder of fashion chain Zara)
- Warren Buffett (CEO Berkshire Hathaway and renowned investor)
- Carlos Slim Helu (Mexican telecom tycoon, owner of Grupo Carso)
- Jeff Bezos (founder of Amazon)
- Mark Zuckerberg (founder of Facebook)
- Larry Ellison (CEO Oracle)
- Michael Bloomberg (former New York mayor and owner of Bloomberg news and financial information)
We reached a sad point, where literally a privileged few holds a mind-boggling power over (right now) the poorest half of the world’s population and this isn’t going to be less just increasing. In meantime that bottom 50% of humans is struggling daily to survive, to feed, to drink, clothe; 70% of them are located in low-income countries. Like Oxfam GB CEO pointed out after the revelations, one out of nine people on Earth is going tonight (again) hungry to bed, while 8 people have so abundant wealth, they would need several lifetimes to spend it.
As today’s title says: our world orde is (extraordinarily) broken. Who is up to the task to recover it?
On a certain point, we have to or it turns into a much bigger disaster to be…