I also discovered here (thanks yonmei) that I'm very comfortably within the richest 1% of the human population. Not 10% or 5%, but 1%.
First, this surprised me. I understand that I have a nice middle-class income, but I was expecting the global middle class to be larger. I sort of guessed there would be about 1 billion people in rich economies, and if the middle class was maybe 25% of that it would be about 5% of the total. But allegedly I'm in the top 1%. Argh!
Second, this is outrageous. Not about me but about the system. With my unimaginable, brutal, obscene wealth (not joking) I'm merely able to lead a pleasant life. Just that, pleasant and comfortable. I don't feel I'm immersed in luxury or live in idleness. I can certainly afford everyday commodities, but I can't readily afford certain important things (like good housing) and I feel only moderately secure against hardships that the future may bring. That is all, and I'm in the richest 1% of the population!!!
One must struggle to grasp how badly the global Capitalist system must be working, if that is all it can deliver to the richest 1% of the people in it. One percent is the elite of the elite. It is insane. If I lived in the most privileged 1% of the ancient world, I'd be a wealthy merchant or an officer of some kind. I'd fully expect to have slaves and organize orgies or symposia in my mansion, and to sponsor tragedies. I don't want to have slaves or a mansion, or more tragedies, but it is a startling indictment of our economic system that, with our breathtaking technology, it delivers so poorly. Even for the people for whom it is supposed to work.