The allegorical tale of Ants and Grasshoppers is often used to drive home the inevitable connection between handwork and success, as well as laziness and hardship. Or between talent and riches, indolence and penury. Here is another story that may run contrary to this message.
Dalam post yang lepas, I gave vent to all my left-wing righteousness against the growing income disparity. Kemudian ia berlaku kepada saya — a totally uniform wealth distribution is stochastically unlikely. Malah, it is over seven billion times less likely than one person in the whole world holding all the wealth in the world. That brings me to the topic of this post – what is the most likely wealth distribution?
I read on BBC yesterday that the richest 62 people in the world now earn as much as the poorest half, which would be about 3.5 billion people! Although there is some confusion about the methodology, it is clear that the wealth and income have been getting more and more polarized. The rich are certainly getting richer. Income inequality is more acute than ever.
Kebanyakan orang (yang mungkin membaca catatan ini) berfikir stesen kewangan mereka sebagai kelas menengah, jadi anda mungkin merasa hairan kerana saya tidak mengatakan kelas menengah yang menghilang. Tetapi polarisasi dalam pengagihan kekayaan di dunia ini adalah sangat sebenar, dan ia boleh dilihat di setiap lapisan masyarakat. Saya ingin meyakinkan anda dengan anekdot dan contoh-contoh sebelum mendapatkan logik dan formal mengenainya.