Looking at historical facts has led me to believe that humans are strangely incapable of learning from the past. We still have poverty and deprivation on the one hand and incredible riches on the other just as we did thousands of years ago.
Why is it that some people think that money can make money? Do we forget that it does not grow on trees and that someone somewhere has to work for every dollar that is made?
I should like to challenge a clever economist to work out a formula which tells us what would happen if everyone on this planet could make a decent living. Would the economy collapse if profits were limited to say five percent with any excess used to create work for the underprivileged?
My simple theory is based on the principle that everybody would be better off if the poor could afford to buy the food and clothing they need. Every dollar they spend would not only pay the production line worker´s wages but also boost the income of the factory owner. Would it be so terrible if the rich became richer more slowly?
So ideally instead of increasing profit margins and ploughing billions into weapons we could spend that money on building factories in underprivileged countries. Let them produce the goods they need. People there would then not feel the desire to flee to other countries to escape starvation. Instead we now build fences and police the borders to keep the migrants out.
Unfortunately we know from experience that the ideal world will never happen as humans are apparently not able to think straight. Even rules in religions have been misinterpreted to give power to the few and wars have been fought in the name of god.
What hope is there for the future? Will the cycles of history be repeated with cultures perishing in revolutions ? Why do the statesmen not get together and develop a new concept for people to live peacefully together and share the wealth this planet has to offer. Are they too busy looking after their own interests and winning the next elections? They seem to forget that we are all of us only here for a limited period. Are we allowed to burn the world´s resources in our lifetime?
Generations have been asking these questions and nobody has found the answer yet. Although it would be so simple if everyone was prepared to abide by the rules and not follow Charles Dickens´s Martin Chuzzlewit´s maxim – Do them before they do you.