The name of this blog, Rainbow Juice, is intentional.
The rainbow signifies unity from diversity. It is holistic. The arch suggests the idea of looking at the over-arching concepts: the big picture. To create a rainbow requires air, fire (the sun) and water (raindrops) and us to see it from the earth.
Juice suggests an extract; hence rainbow juice is extracting the elements from the rainbow, translating them and making them accessible to us. Juice also refreshes us and here it symbolises our nutritional quest for understanding, compassion and enlightenment.

Wednesday, 12 December 2012

Mathematics of Inequality

When I went to school I was taught that one of the fundamentals of arithmetic and algebra was that the two sides of an equation needed to be equal.

Subsequently I started to learn about the state of the world and came to realise that we do not apply this sense of equality to our social relations.  Consider the following table which shows just how poor our social arithmetic is.  (Dollar amounts are quoted in US dollars. One trillion = 1,000 billion).

  Number   Number  
World military spending per person per year $162   $13 Amount needed per person to meet basic human needs for everyone
Number of books published each year 800,000   1 billion Number of people who are illiterate
Number of people killed in 9/11 attacks 2,977   3,027 + up to 20,000 Number of coalition forces killed in Afghanistan War + number of civilian deaths
Percentage of World Arms trade undertaken by 5 permanent members of UN Security Council 90%   over 26 million Number of people displaced because of armed conflict
Number of jobs created in oil and gas industry per $1 million of investment 2   15 Number of jobs created in renewable energy per $1 million of investment
Number of billionaires worldwide 1,226   2.7 billion Number of people worldwide who live on less than $2/day
Combined wealth of Worlds top 1% $80 trillion   $120 trillion Total wealth of rest of the World
Number of tons of grain fed to cattle in the rich world 600 million   790 million Number of people malnourished in the world

State of the world mathematics grade: D-

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