I’ve long scrutinised possible connections between abundant people and different aspects of life – in particular, environmental factors – but, no matter how much I stared at it, I could never pinpoint “one thing” to determine whether a person will or won’t embark on a life-long struggle to keep the wolves from the door.
Having traveled to over 30 countries, spending extended periods of time in some of them, I’ve agonised over why, in certain countries, the majority are quite wealthy, but there’s a minority that isn’t. And how come the vast majority of citizens of some other countries seem to be flat broke while a small percentage of apparently ordinary people do extremely well? What’s hiding behind the scenes?
It’s not a gender thing, it’s not a looks thing, it’s not a skin tone nor religion. It’s not height, weight, whether you’re from a one- or two-parent family, suffered child-abuse or grew up well-nurtured, and it’s not even about how your parents handled their finances!
Some try to tell us “it’s because of the government” or “corporate exploitation” or “because they is white” but, although those can certainly be correlating factors in some cases, they’re not causes because, if they were, then everyone from that demographic would be of the same economic status, and they’re not.
Anyway, after spending the best part of a year in Greece among Greeks and Americans, and then another in Portugal among locals and expats, at 6 o’clock this morning, I figure out that it’s this:
People who take the MOST end up with the LEAST.
What?! Surely, if you take more, you get more, right? No. Read on for an explanation…