AN American basketball star was shocked to discover that he had been paid about 50 times more for his endorsement of a brand of sneakers than the combined annual wages of the 22,000 women in Indonesia who assembled them.
Now that’s inequality.
Nearly a quarter of humanity – 1.3 billion people – live in absolute poverty on less than $1 a day. They have no medicine, sanitation or proper food.
They don’t have mortgages either because most don’t have houses. Just shanties.
According to a World Vision estimate, if the world was a village of 1000 people, next year’s population would be 1018. Twenty-eight people would be born, but 10 would die – three from lack of food, one from cancer, two in birth, one from war or crime, and three from natural causes.
About 200 people from the village would receive 75 per cent of its total income. About 600 – the “middle class’’ – would share another 23 per cent. The remaining 200 people would have to survive on the last two per cent of the income.
This isn’t the world God wanted. It’s the world we built.