Since the decline of Occupy Wall Street as a major social and media phenomenon, the notion of wealth inequality has sort of dropped off my personal political and moral radar. Then a friend sent me this video below the other day. It’s a tutorial on wealth inequality in America. It’s pretty amazing to have things demonstrated visually for me. It really reopened my eyes.
One of the problems with discussing wealth and greed as moral issues is that it is very hard to see statistical information about wealth and understand what it means. Wealth inequality is something that needs to be visually or emotionally demonstrated for people to get the scale of just how warped the world we live in actually is. For example, it is easy to ignore the fact that a billionaire is equal to one thousand millionaires. One thousand times as much. That’s a lot of cheddar, folks. It’s hard to wrap your head around, for sure.
The thing I found most dharmic about this presentation is highlighting the difference between perceived reality and actual reality.
As the Buddha said, “If you knew what I know about the power of giving, you would not let a single meal pass without sharing it in some way.”
Simply put, wealth is never a problem. Simply put, greed is always a problem. Let me know what you think of the video.