There are scandals so familiar to us that no one really gets excited about them anymore.
As a reminder: there is a child dying of hunger every ten seconds (remember Bono clicking his fingers every ten seconds during a concert to highlight this scandal) – although there is food for 10-12 billion people on our planet that his home to just 7.5 billion.
Almost 800 million live in extreme poverty – although there has never been as much money around as today.
We produce 81% of our energy burning coal, gas, and oil – although this is causing dangerous climate changes when we have alternative sources of energy available, such as solar and wind power.
There are many many people on earth for whom opening a tap to get water, and clean water, still sounds like fantasy.
According to Oxfam, eight men, amongst them Microsoft founder Bill Gates, textile entrepreneur Amancio Ortega of Zara, and investor Warren Buffett, together own wealth worth 426 billion dollar – more than half of the wealth owned by the poorer half of the earth’s population.
Today, none of the above really affects those of us living in the ‘developed’ world. We take food for granted. In fact, many of us find it difficult not to over-eat. While we might not feel rich in comparison to people richer than us, we are super rich from a ‘global’ perspective. We mostly don’t do much about climate issues, as they ‘don’t affect us’ (yet). We take clean water for granted. Gates, Ortega, and Buffett are people we treat like royalty used to be treated up to the French revolution.
I read about most of the above in a recent article in the SPIEGEL magazine. When I did, other concerns, scandals faded into nothingness.