What might we use as a measurement to gauge whether or not we really are better off. The media is full of comparisons, we often hear the reports that the rich are getting richer while the poor are getting poorer. That the middle class is under attack and is losing; indeed, shrinking.
But is it true?
Personally, I don’t think so. I think that, so far, this most recent generation, and the people living in it, have it pretty well. As a simple proof, I offer this humble observation from a random visit to my neighborhood grocery on the way to a play date:
And right next to them:
The strawberries came from Florida, just a hop skip and a jump from me here in Carolina. The blueberries?
Not 50 years ago would the richest men in America have available to them such fresh fruit. The potentates of the world just a generation or two ago may never have been able to enjoy such treats, perhaps at ANY time of the year.
On a random Sunday at a random store on a random errand, I had available to me the treasures of the earth.
We are truly wealthy. Certainly much more wealthy than our grandparents ever could have imagined.