Today's news features a story about the disproportion of wealth. A report from development charity Oxfam, titled Working For The Few, points out how global inequality has increased to such an extent that the combined wealth of the 85 richest people is equal to half of the world's population—the poorest 3.5 billion.
Politicians and business leaders will meet in the Swiss ski resort of Davos this week at the World Economic Forum. Oxfam called on attendees to take a personal pledge to tackle the problem by refraining from dodging taxes or using their wealth to seek political support.
Mmmm. What little I know about big money suggests that would be the last thing the wealthy elite would be willing to do.
Do I know anyone with enormous wealth? No. Although I've known people who amassed plenty of worldly goods. On the whole, the wealthy friends and relatives I came in contact with in the past were willing to share their hospitality, but not their bank balance.
But that would be silly. Frail, elderly people shouldn't share their personal space. They'd be open to threat. I see the logic in giving money now. Even giving cash and thereby depriving yourself would be preferable to losing everything you hold dear.
I'd much prefer to return to the tribal way of living. Chuckle. Of course, if so, I wouldn't have lived to such a ripe age in a free society. It's all about balance.