Rants and raves: The haves and the have-nots

There’s something about our modern society that really bothers me: While many of us live in what can only be described as sheer luxury, about a million people go to bed hungry every night.

During my financial and economic studies at university, I was taught that economics involved the utilisation of scarce resources to satisfy unlimited needs. When only certain people’s needs are satisfied, there surely must be something fundamentally wrong with the way we run our economies.

The fact of the matter is that the current economic crisis in the world isn’t making things better. Poor people seem to be getting poorer and the divide between the haves and the have-nots is getting wider.

I’m no bleeding heart liberal, either. I have no intention of giving up my nice apartment and my shiny new car and heading for a third world country to hand out food parcels. On the other hand, I’m not stupid enough to think that things can go on like this forever. Sooner or later, the day will come that we will pay the price for neglecting such a large percentage of human society and allowing them to sink into abject poverty.

I’m a financial expert, not an economist, so I will refrain from suggesting solutions to the problem. What I can say, however, is that the sooner we all realise we’re sitting on a time bomb here, the better. Collectively, we have to find a solution that works for all of us, otherwise I’m afraid we’re facing a bleak future.

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