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Our myth should be simple: we are only as rich as the poorest amongst us.

This fits in the myth of "getting richer", progress, moving forward, etc... (which we still have to reconcile with peak oil - that aspect hasn't been stressed yet).

It fits with our mania to rank everything. This time, you rank not the average income/wealth (or the sum for the country), but the average income/wealth for the bottom 20% - and that's the criteria we use to rate everything. We can tap in the mythology of cycling, and team competitions: the time of the team is the time of the last runner, not of the first or the average of all.

This can bring in the idea that we have to get out of the "armaments race" of having more stuff than the neighbor, and force us to focus on solidarity, and actual measures to help the poor - education, social services, etc...

We are only as strong as our weakest link.

In the long run, we're all dead. John Maynard Keynes

by Jerome a Paris (etg@eurotrib.com) on Thu Apr 13th, 2006 at 10:47:33 AM EST

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