First off, this video is top-notch. An excellently produced and narrated piece. It did a swell job of visualizing complex ideas. Three cheers to them, but…
I like to ask questions not being asked:
Is my definition of fair, well… is my definition fair?
Where does happiness reside on this scale?
How are the bottom 90% really doing?
How did you think you were doing before watching this video? Aaand after? Any change? Better or worse?
Fixation on inequality will lead us to ask the wrong questions and in turn, draw wrong conclusions. Instead of “fixing” the gap we should be educating ourselves on how money works, how/when/where to invest money, and of course, in ways we can all become creators of systems rather than worker bees along. We can close the gap by creating opportunities. Take a guess at the biggest hurdle to creating opportunity in America.
“What we should do about this?”
Hmm… sadly, I bet most viewers in AmUrica are conditioned to immediately picture the “WE” = our government. Well, Bull$#!+. Do we (WE = regular folk) believe handing them more power (THEM = gov’t bureaucrats) will accomplish anything fair? Methinks they have plenty of POW-er already.
And remember my fine friends, these cold hard stats alone leave out an important historical fact: The “bottom __% in America” is doing fine. Great actually. (No, I’m not saying we forget about the poor and homeless: our society does and needs to continue taking care of them, etc etc). The working/lower/middle/upper-class in America all have opportunities, amenities, freedoms, and luxuries on an unprecedented level compared to most of the world and nearly all of the kings and queens throughout history.
We’re all the 1%ers, if just measured on a different scale.
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