Thursday, February 6, 2014

You Might Be Rich If ...

Despite what you think, you might be rich by global standards if ...
... you complain about wifi.
... food spoils in your fridge.
... you have a refrigerator.
... you are worried that you don't have enough money saved for retirement.
... you actually expect to stop working before you die.
... you have a savings account worth more than $100.
... you have health insurance (of any kind).
... you make more than minimum wage.
... you make minimum wage.  
... you have ever felt like your closet is getting too full.
... you have more than one of any of these: coat, pair of shoes, phone, computer, car, earbuds, twenty dollar bill, book, water faucet.
... you have enough food in your house to sustain you for more than a week without going shopping.
... you have ever said that your kids have too many toys.
... you or your wife owns a diamond.
... you are only concerned about WHAT your family will eat tonight, not IF your family will eat tonight.
... you are able to read this blog worrying about how you will pay for the internet access.

Instead of trying to prove all of these simple statements individually, I offer you a few simple yet shocking facts (from here and here).
  1. 80% of the world lives on less than $10 per day.
  2. Almost 50% of the world lives on less than $2.50 per day.
  3. Half of the 2 billion children in our world live in extreme poverty.
  4. One in eight people are chronically undernourished.
  5. One in six people don't have access to clean water.

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