22. Am I responsible for global inequality?
The last 50 years have seen a faster than ever concentration of wealth in the hands of the few, to the detriment of the many. Statements about global average growth are misleading, as over 2 bn people remain at static, shockingly low income and wealth levels. Faced by this, most people are not indifferent, they care. But they often argue that there is nothing the common man can do about it. This is defeatist and false. What we can all do is ensure that our actions don’t foster inequality or, at least, be honest enough to recognise when they do. When I set salaries in my business, I cannot change the global inequality outlook, but I do make a decision between income for my employees and my profit. I should make a profit, but I must also recognise that it wouldn’t exist without my team. I should be fair. The more of us who are fair every day, the more equal the World is, even without our activism otherwise. We all make a net contribution to equality or inequality. It is our choice