My Privilege Versus Yours

Jeff Bezos, the Amazon CEO, had approximately 35% increase¹ in his wealth in 2017 making him the richest man at 121.2 Billion USD². One of the latest reports says that world’s eight richest people have the same wealth as the poorest 50%³. That is eight people having the same wealth as 3.8 Billion people. (8 ~ 3,800,000,000) Let that sink in for a moment and then proceed.

I met a traveller from an antique land,
Who said- “Two vast and trunkless legs of stone
Stand in the desert… Near them, on the sand,
Half sunk a shattered visage lies, whose frown,
And wrinkled lip, and sneer of cold command,
Tell that its sculptor well those passions read
Which yet survive, stamped on these lifeless things,
The hand that mocked them, and the heart that fed;
And on the pedestal, these words appear:
My name is Ozymandias, King of Kings;
Look on my Works, ye Mighty, and despair!
Nothing beside remains. Round the decay
Of that colossal Wreck, boundless and bare
The lone and level sands stretch far away.”

Indian Billionaire Mukesh Ambani saw a jump of 17.4 Billion USD after giving the country free internet for about a year⁴. His net worth reached about 40.1 Billion USD at the end of 2017. My cab drivers now are usually watching videos on Youtube on their free internet before I enter the cab. They are going to have to pay eventually, I guess.

Mark Zuckerberg is one of the youngest Billionaires in the world with wealth of 76 Billion USD⁵. I pinged a friend about my unjust encounter with the security guard on one of the messaging apps he owns. Rest of the way, walking, I scrolled my Facebook feed mindlessly to look at the pictures of the people that I didn’t really care about. Closing the app after several minutes of the scrolling, I opened Instagram, another app that he owns, to scroll mindlessly at different content from the same people that I didn’t really care about.

And on the pedestal, these words appear:
My name is Ozymandias, King of Kings;
Look on my Works, ye Mighty, and despair!
Nothing beside remains. Round the decay
Of that colossal Wreck, boundless and bare
The lone and level sands stretch far away.

Nothing beside remains. Round the decay
Of that colossal Wreck, boundless and bare
The lone and level sands stretch far away.

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I write about things that do not exist. If that sounds too pretentious, complain here: mail.alayshah@gmail.com

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I write about things that do not exist. If that sounds too pretentious, complain here: mail.alayshah@gmail.com

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