Wednesday, March 31, 2010

A disproportionate spread of wealth

The richest 20% of people consume 76.6% of the world’s resources, while the world’s poorest 20% consume only 1.5%. Use this to see where you fit into the world. If you live in America and are able to access the internet, you're easily sitting in that top 20%.

While we may moan we don't have enough money or resources amongst the perspective of fellow peers, as Americans we're far richer than the vast majority of the world. 1 in 100 chance seems like pretty small odds to be chosen out of a group of people, but that's the luxury we're blessed with. I challenge you to forgo the money you want to spend on something new and give it to a friend or family member who's lost their job or just had kids. Or give it to a charity. Appreciate what you have. As Warren Buffet puts it, “I’m in the luckiest 1% of the world right now.”

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