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Old 06-02-2013, 12:21 PM
 
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Check this out. Only 2/5ths of 1% of the world's population has a net worth greater $1 million:

http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedi...2C_2011_v4.jpg
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Old 06-02-2013, 12:59 PM
 
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Check this out. Only 2/5ths of 1% of the world's population has a net worth greater $1 million:

http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedi...2C_2011_v4.jpg
Yep. The problem is people don't compare themselves to "the world" or even people who have less they do in their own country. They almost always compare "up" and not down.
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Old 06-02-2013, 11:03 PM
 
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Yep. The problem is people don't compare themselves to "the world" or even people who have less they do in their own country. They almost always compare "up" and not down.
And there is no point comparing ones worth to the population of Zimbabwe. It would be an example of an "apples and no chance of ever seeing oranges" comparison.
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Old 06-03-2013, 12:18 AM
 
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And there is no point comparing ones worth to the population of Zimbabwe. It would be an example of an "apples and no chance of ever seeing oranges" comparison.
I wholeheartedly disagree for many reasons.
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Old 06-03-2013, 12:28 AM
 
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I wholeheartedly disagree for many reasons.
Of all the things I expect to be called out on, you feel that strongly about this comment?

I can only assume you think I meant to disparage the less fortunate. Not my intent.
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Old 06-03-2013, 12:36 AM
 
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Of all the things I expect to be called out on, you feel that strongly about this comment?

I can only assume you think I meant to disparage the less fortunate. Not my intent.
There are multiple reasons. But the biggest ones are that it belies a certain complacency and arrogance that is held among many who live in rich countries that we're so much different from poor people in Zimbabwe that we have nothing to learn from them and that we're in such a different league that people in poor parts of the world are simply not worth comparing ourselves to. Also, I don't like the underlying assumption that we could never end up an impoverished nation like Zimbabwe (complacency).
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Old 06-03-2013, 12:46 AM
 
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There are multiple reasons. But the biggest ones are that it belies a certain complacency and arrogance that is held among many who live in rich countries that we're so much different from poor people in Zimbabwe that we have nothing to learn from them and that we're in such a different league that people in poor parts of the world are simply not worth comparing ourselves to. Also, I don't like the underlying assumption that we could never end up an impoverished nation like Zimbabwe (complacency).
I mean no disrespect when I say, you completely misunderstood the intent of my post. Which was to imply that comparing ones wealth (which to many is a measure of their success) to others who have had little opportunity, by virtue of circumstances beyond their control, is irrelevant.
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Old 06-03-2013, 07:49 AM
 
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I mean no disrespect when I say, you completely misunderstood the intent of my post. Which was to imply that comparing ones wealth (which to many is a measure of their success) to others who have had little opportunity, by virtue of circumstances beyond their control, is irrelevant.
You don't have to compare to Zimbabwe though. Even compared to other rich countries like Japan, Germany and the United Kingdom, The United States has a very high concentration of individuals having a net worth of $1 million or more - in fact, the most of any country in sheer numbers.

That's why our perspective is very distorted.

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Old 06-03-2013, 08:35 AM
 
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why is that distorted?

people work hard out here to accumulate their wealth, and many have migrated from abroad either them or their parents.

that's why over here is the best place to be, freedom.
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Old 06-03-2013, 09:09 AM
 
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Yep. The problem is people don't compare themselves to "the world" or even people who have less they do in their own country. They almost always compare "up" and not down.

Good info here, yes we should consider ourselves lucky. Focus on what we have and not what we don't have. Now, that is MUCH easier said than done because I do the same thing, but just a conversation piece.
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