Who Are the Unprosperous?
Three groups—the struggling middle class, working poor, and devastatingly poor—make up the unprosperous
The unprosperous lack the economic resources, financial earnings, community necessities, and personal enlightenment and liberties to achieve 21st-century well-being. At best, they live in under self-sufficiency.
Take the United States of America, the richest country in the world, as just one example. Nearly 60% of Americans live in absolute or relative poverty, or suffer from the afflictions of pathological inequality. When one considers that "the wealth of the top 1% of the [American] population is more than that of the bottom 90% of the population combined" (as Ray Dalio, one of the richest men in the world, passionately brings to our attention), you may understand the intolerance, rage, anxiety, epidemic drug addiction, academic underachievement by some groups, and countless pathologies that plague Americans and the American society. As Dalio warns, the staggering inequality poses "existential threats to the United States."
Unsurprisingly, the economic distress in the US isn't unique. Across Africa, Latin America, and other regions of the world, billions more face economic hardships of varying degrees. The good news is that humanity has made significant progress over the last hundred years, during which the majority of humans escaped devastating poverty. Furthermore, we now have the intellectual capacity and technological and economic capabilities to help every human find a path to prosperity.
- Struggling Middle Class
- Working Poor
- Devastatingly Poor