The Bottom of the Pyramid
A staggering stat. About 85% of the world’s 7 billion individuals live in developing countries (Brazil, Poland, India, China, Afghanistan, Chad, Congo). These individuals live on only 20% of the world’s income.
When asking for the next raise, this may be a stat to remember. Puts our lifestyle and ‘needs’ in a little bit of perspective.
This stat seems troubling. The much wealth accumulated by only a very small proportion of the world’s 7 billion boys, girls, workers, grandparents, and people.
The other part that troubles me, is that these people, 85% of our brothers and sisters are at the ‘bottom of the pyramid.’ I didn’t come up with this term. It is used extensively in many books and stories.
If people are only judged based on their financial well-being, the elitists who likely originally coined the term, have much to learn about human life, and human beings.
If you look at life, it can be seen as a bit of a puzzle. We need our health, finances, friends, our Things, intellectual thinking skills, job, food, etc.
Financial wealth is one small component of life.
I think I am on the bottom of the pyramid. I have no knowledge about how an individual lives in Chad or China. I don’t know what it feels like to live in a slum. I have visited one while I was in Africa, but I have never had to sleep in a cardboard box, literally.
Many children living in slums know what it feels like to be at the ‘top of the pyramid.’ They see it every day with huge billboards along the highway bridges they live underneath. The billboard for a brand new BMW or Mercedes Benz. The TV commercials for new shoes and underwear – basic necessities of hygiene.
Having spoken to Africans, it isn’t the BMW they dream about. It’s the symbolism of the BWM or Ford Mustang. The freedom – the freedom to choose what job you want so you can afford such a nice vehicle, the freedom to have a license to drive (many money do not have this right, and many social classes in various countries do not have this right). The thoughts that your car is fast enough to outrun a truck of rebels chasing you down.
The question always strikes me. What is freedom. To someone in the third world most Canadians have freedom from slavery, joining a rebel army, of making choices, of selecting options, to pick jobs, to attend schools, to travel in the morning to the place of work, lack of nutrition, dirty drinking water.
Others have freedom from the addictions of smart phones, Facebook, Twitter, and TVs.
One thing I do know is that the purpose of humanity is not segregation, violence or hatred. This is for people born in the past who live in the past. The world must be free from these free from hate.
Like all things, the answer isn’t a yes or no. A up or down. Left or right.
What is freedom to you?
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