One person’s asceticism is another person’s Trump-like living

You may have encountered this same mind-jarring thought: that to a third-world person living on a $1 a day or less, it is impossible to distinguish between an American middle-class lifestyle and an American wealthy lifestyle. 

Both are so beyond opulent to the person living on $1 or less a day the differences we see are not substantial enough to matter. 

That means from the perspective of hundreds of millions of people alive today on the planet — and hundreds of millions who’ve lived on this planet — in lifestyle you are indistinguishable from Oprah. 

Lucky you. 

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