Well said Thanos. Capitalism/Consumerism and the pursuit of unlimited self-fulfillment (in material sense) is perhaps the greatest ill of the current age. These two work hand in glove. It is an impossible dream. It poisons the environment and the mind of the people.
Originally Posted by Thanos
Below are some fact that will make you jaw drops:
A study by the World Institute for Development Economics Research at United Nations University reports that the richest 1% of adults alone owned 40% of global assets in the year 2000. The three richest people possess more financial assets than the poorest 10% of the world's population, combined . The combined wealth of the 10 million millionaires grew to nearly $41 trillion in 2008. In 2001, 46.4% of people in sub-Saharan Africa were living in extreme poverty. Nearly half of all Indian children are undernourished.
Almost half the world — over three billion people — live on less than $2.50 a day.
The West is MUCH better off than 80% of the world - but yet the wealth disparity has already reached an untenable level, threating to boil over anytime. How long do you think the 1.2 billion Chinese are willing to continue to live under the sub-human conditions? The ruling and elite class all over the world are firefighting to preserve the status quo. But I think humanity need a new beginning, a much more austere and sustainable way of life based on local self-sufficiency. I think Cameron is leading Britain in the right direction.