According to the Global Rich List, my family was in the richest 1 percent of the world’s population. Of course now that I’m unemployed, we’ve slipped to the richest 3.5 percent. It’s amazing to me that with all the financial woes we have, we’re still richer than 96 percent of the world. It really makes me wonder how badly we need some of the things we have. It’s kind of sad that our society makes so many things standard purchases that even being in the richest 1 percent we’re not swimming in cash. We only have one car, we don’t have a cell phone, and I still use a dial-up modem.
Even sadder is the fact that the poverty level for a family of four in the U.S. still leaves you in the richest 10 percent of the world. That’s $16,000 a year for four people, and it’s better off than the vast majority of the world.