Bill Gates with 58 billion dollars is now only the third richest person in the world. In at number one with 62 billion schamoozles is Warren Buffet, no doubt known in his local pub’ as ‘Bunny Buffet’ and in the ladies room as ‘Rabbit Hotpot’.
Like Gates, he has promised to give away most of his vast fortune or, if that’s not possible, he’s going to put it all on the seventh horse in the seventh race on the seventh Sunday seven years from now (put it in your diary).
But don’t be jealous, gentle reader.
Take a look in the mirror and think of the incredibly complex and devious set of circumstances, played out over millions of years, that have gathered together your particular stack of atoms so that you can stand here in the 21st Century. If you have access to a computer and time to read this drivel, then more than likely you have warmth, can eat every day and have received an education.
Don’t look enviously to Bill and Bunny, or even to number two in the world’s list of rich people (whoever that loser is). Instead, look down at the mind numbing number of people who over the millennia have lived and died further down the list than you.
When Oscar Wilde said, “We are all in the gutter but some of us are looking at the stars,” he wasn’t talking about reading ‘Hello’ magazine or watching the ‘Oscars’.