Published on Dec 22, 2019
While there’s no doubt inequality exists both locally and globally, I think it’s important to remind ourselves that there’s never been a better time to be alive.
The majority of people living in first-world countries have a higher standard of living today than Rockafeller (the richest person in history) did just a century ago.
We can fight and rumble about who should pay more taxes and how that money should be spent, but I think that’s a never-ending pursuit. Life will never be totally equal. And from each person’s point of view, things will look different.
We’ve seen the gambit of social organizations tried throughout history—tribes, monarchies, dictatorships, socialists, communists, capitalist, democracies, republics, etc. We can argue till the end of the world about which is better, but at the end of the day, none of them are perfect. And they never will be.
I’m not saying we should stop working towards social progress and equality—we should.
The point I’m trying to make is that if you’re reading this blog post, you live an amazing life. There’s never been a more free, equal, and peaceful time to be alive.
The media trains us to focus on relative wealth by comparing ourselves to the absolute richest and most powerful people on a daily basis. This holiday season, I’m suggesting that we focus instead on absolute wealth.
You may not own your home; you may not travel as much as you’d like; you might spend a good portion of your paycheck on health care; and you may be paying off student loans.
But you are still wealthier and have more opportunity than most of the billions of people who’ve lived throughout history.
I think this is an important thought to cultivate now and take with us into next year. If you focus on relative wealth, you’ll never be happy. There will always be people who have more than you. And life will never be equal when viewed through the eyes of every person alive.
I might not have everything I want, but I have everything I need. And that’s enough. Everything else is icing on the cake.