The rich have spread everywhere, with even communist countries churning them out faster than those who had the head-starts! The common man cannot make head or tail out of the double standards, when basic needs are unmet but money and whatever it can buy are wasted across the board. Money makes the whole world go around; but more in a way to spin it out of sync, with little empathy for the less fortunate, especially in poorer countries. The rich get a feeling that they have earned it all due to own efforts and can live as they like, but let them not live obnoxious lives that could bring the house down for a hard fall; back to harsh realities!
One of Gandhi’s famous words – there is everything in this world to meet our needs but not the greed, always rings true! When we, the human race, made our grand entrance, we had everything well provided for, for a sustainable life; just for the plucking, as it were! But recently, we are going clearly overboard across the planet, with mushrooming billionaires! Of course, there can be no rich without the poor, who find more happiness with less that can even be grating to the super-rich, some cannot find real happiness, only fleeting ones, mostly from those currying their favor! For, those with genuine intentions shy, or are shoed, away!
As the rich are spreading their tentacles across the world, mostly the poor have no issues with them, but there should be basic empathy towards the less fortunate, meaning, not those who are poor; but those who are unfortunate not being able to make a living, due to circumstances beyond their control. Giving a helping hand, in whatever meaningful way, would be a good starting point. The rich have not only the resources, but also the ability otherwise, at organizing to guide others, and helping them to find their feet. Closing an eye to basic human values would make the society come unstuck.
Communism is lying low, though some countries, still call themselves one. The anomaly is evident as they cannot produce super rich as all means of production are controlled by the state. There has been obvious loosening of the stricture, but let us not get carried away that the battles have been truly won! Any serious injustice left uncared for, for long, could revive brutal regimes that would in the end fail, as humans have similar failings, whatever be the system; the basic urge to take advantage, create power centers and benefit own; a classic example is North Korea, swearing by communism, but one family monopolizing the army & other power structures!
All systems have their time horizons, replaced when they get obnoxious. It is heartening that the ones the world looks upon as at the apex, Buffet & Gates are gently prodding the super rich to pledge their hard earned riches to benefit society, even in communist China. It is not barking-up the wrong tree as China has officially 200 billionaires & unofficially double that! The rich could get carried away, forgetting their time on the streets & later behind the curtain that separate the economy or cattle class, from their present first class flying luxury; even a joke they wonder now, what is behind that curtain!
Once the summit is reached, the gentle descend has to be made, not to burden their off-springs with assets that could prove liabilities in no time, like albatross around their necks! Buffet & Gates carry their beatific smiles across the world for all to see, they have already reached an exalted state of bliss at giving away more than they or their families ever require; hope the super-rich, who tend to cling on to their wealth, care to see behind the curtain at the people enjoying their flights or others even less fortunate, who do not complain abut their state in life. The world is worth living that are lived by sharing & caring, not hoarding the wealth; with none to benefit in the end!