David Platt writes:
If we have clean water, sufficient food and clothes, a roof over our heads at night, access to medicine, a mode of transportation (even if its public), and the ability to read a book, then relative to billions of people in the world, we are incredibly wealthy. Economics professor Steve Corbett and Brian Fikkert observe how the standard of living essentially common among us is extremely uncommon in human history. They write, "At no time in history has the ever been greater economic disparity in the world than at present. "By any measure we are the richest people ever to walk on planet earth." Counter Culture, page 26.