Monday, October 17, 2011

How do you measure wealth?

These workers harvesting grapes high in the Yunnan mountains get less than 50 cents for picking a 20 kilo (44 pound) basket full of Cabernet Sauvignon.

This guy is carrying three baskets of grapes, each weighing about 20 kilos (44 pounds). He is going up a 60 degree slope. Do the math. Feel your leg muscles.

When it was lunch time, the workers invited me to join them in the shade.So what exactly is wealth? In the USA, for many wealth means things and money. These workers, earning maybe $10 per day during harvest, are willing to share what they have with someone from the "wealthiest" country on our planet. Makes me wonder who is wealthier?

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