I think your post is one to which I can comment. There is no doubt in my mind that globally, income inequality will increase. I think pressures are in place in America to level everyone more towards, though not exclusively, lives of fairly low income and achievement.
Think about the so-called 1%. That 1% is not 1% of the U.S. population, but 1% of those reporting income to the Internal Revenue Service. That 1% is not a very large number. It's a very mobile group. Move to the 0.1% and you land where I am domiciled. Not in America.
So far this year through August, my net worth has grown 37%. That net worth is not located in paper sitting in accounts tied to the New York Stock Exchange either.
Displaying wealth most often come in tow forms: 1) because as someone said, perhaps you in your post, wealth seeks wealth; and 2) in response to public comment in whatever form as to how "bad" those poeple, referring to those who hold wealth, can be. That goes further sometimes to a mode of operation.
On the day you go to the bank to borrow, drive the Phantom. On the day you are late on meeting a quarterly loan payment, drive the old ragged out 1967 International Scout. ;-) The better alternative is to be the owner of the bank and make no loans but use repo agreements instead to generate cash.
Happiness for me has come in running the big game that makes all of my life possible. It is not one where one loses wealth. At times, it is honestly where one has no idea what so called wealth they possess. It is not something of pride to be listed in the Forbes 400 because some editor realized you own 20 millions shares of Microsoft.
I'm jumping around, but as to health, the important thing is to be able to ensure your children do not carry those 21 prime DNA strands that are related to most cancers. One can pass freely from this world with the knowledge that what you are, what you have accomplished in life, has enabled you to bring them into this world less what is scattered through the population. That is success.
I have walked in Dharavi. What I can say in the face of incredible poverty live an incredible people. Would they want me to riase the piles of rubble they themselves call shacks and build massive apartment buildings? No. Those who want that do not live in Dharavi. I am safe in Dharavi but not other streets in the commercial districts of Mumbai.
Certain types of people will always grow poverty. Many live here on RJ in a figurative sense. They always are the authority on conquering poverty. So be it. Allow them through your grace to be correct in their solution to poverty, but live your own life from their reach.
Harry7785 saidI think the exact opposite, Things will get tougher(It's already tough) for those who are and who will be millionaires.
I think rich people are often most likely to be materialistic, dominating, displaying wealth for pride and for power, etc.
They can live a happy life only when they are surrounded by similar people. And even if they were surrounded by similar people there always will be constant suspicion on others or fear of losing their wealth. They can be happy, but that happiness needs constant reinforcement from reassuring themselves that all is well,which actually in truth, all is not well.
Out of fear and prejudice they distant themselves from contacting normal people(By normal I mean the majority of the people in the world who are obviously poor)
The more farther a rich man lives from a poor man or the more he distances himself from the poor, the more likely he comes to an illusion that Richness or being wealthy is a righteous living, a justifiable and necessary way to live, the only place one can enjoy and live peacefully. It's the only place where he thinks he can find love but spends most of the time in protecting his wealth and destroying his health in that process.
He commits many crimes in trying to achieve it and lives the life of a criminal. Instead of loving others which is the very essence of human survival, he begins to love his wealth and other materials, In other worlds he'll lose his essence, he'll lose his soul.
He earns money for the sake of having a secure life and lives most of his life worrying and feeling insecure of his wealth. He struggles and works hard at every possible moment in protecting and increasing his wealth and spends little in love.
And the depressing part is that most of the men both rich and poor still believes that wealth is health.
If a man is rich, there's always poverty.
It's very difficult/rare to earn wealth in a complete honest way.
And finally on his death bed(if he's lucky) he realizes that money isn't everything...he realizes this by how his friends and family treats him or his loved ones so dearly and respects not him but his wealth.
This cycle continues forever until each and everyone of us realizes this simple truth up to the level of our instincts.