Priorities

October 20, 2008 at 7:37 am Leave a comment

When I first heard about the 700 million dollar package for American banks, my first thought was: “Wow, they’re quick to mobilize for the banks, why not also for the poor and starving?” But then, I’ve always been kind of naive and hoped for fairness and justice.

This morning I was listening to the radio and they were talking about 2.8 billions and said it didn’t matter at this point whether dollars or euros. To give the listener some idea of the amount, they said one could make a street of 1-Euro coins from the Earth to Uranus, and if you drove 130 km/h (around 85 mph), it would take you just a little over two thousand years to get there. Hmmm, that might be an interesting place for a vacation!

Occasionally, I have heard some mention that it is funny that they could get so much money together to help the financially distressed, but not the starving. So I’m not the only one who thinks this way! What a relief! And after a few more examples of how much money it is — including the fact that it could buy more gold than exists on this planet, and what area of land the amount in 10-Euro bills would cover, the commentator made a wonderfully sarcastic comment which totally sums up the situation and would certainly put me to shame if I were involved in this monetary relief project.

What did he say? He said: “And imagine this: If we just forget about the one billion people who are already starving anyway, it would be around 500 Euros per person for the rest of us.” I find this one statement better than a moralizing discussion or rant.

Isn’t life strange. Well, maybe not life so much as we humans. But it certainly is interesting and provide lots of good material for comedians.

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