Even the remotest possibility of someone becoming a trillionaire is offensive, and should disgust every last one of us. Particularly in a world where over half a billion people live in extreme poverty and survive on less than $1.90 a day.
That said, Bezos is still a long way off becoming a trillionaire, despite what some reporters may think. But the fact that anyone said this at all does highlight something – It shows that many of us don’t really comprehend how much one trillion is. And that’s through no fault of our own. Our brains just aren’t naturally equipped to handle such huge numbers.
An average lemon seed is approximately an oblate spheroid with dimensions of around 10×5.5×5.5 mm. One seed has a volume of roughly 0.16 ml.
One million lemon seeds would fill half a bathtub.
One billion lemon seeds would take up almost as much space as two average city busses.
One trillion lemon seeds would fill the main concourse of New York Grand Central Station.
I studied molecular astrophysics, so I have a lot of practice thinking in very large numbers and vast orders of magnitude, and these facts still astonish me when compared with everyday things.
Believe me when I say, a trillion is literally an astronomical number, and the prospect of a single human owning a trillion dollars is absurd. We should not live in a world where this is even remotely possible.
So apparently, the 400 richest Americans have a combined wealth of around $3 trillion.
That's also over twice as much as would be needed to meet all the UN's Global Goals for sustainable development. For everyone, including the world's poorest.
0.00000005128% of the world's population could make literally everything better for all 7.8 billion of us. But they don't.
@InvaderXan I read this post in your thread first and I was like "Whoa - what kind of lemon tree does InvaderXan have in their backyard?" 😜
- a trillion is a whole damn lot even compared to a billion
- molecular astrophysics is a major in its own right and also your scientific background
- you use a LOT of lemons
foods • citrus fruit
@anarchiv It depends on the cooking IMO. Mexican food definitely needs limes, and Thai food needs makrut limes. But lemon tastes better with black pepper. And lemon poppyseed drizzle cake is something I love making when I feel indulgent! I've cooked with orange before too though. Also yuzu, in Japanese cooking.
foods • citrus fruit
@anarchiv I miss it. There were so many kinds of citrus on sale in Japan which I'd never even heard of before I went there. Things like shikwasa and hyuganatsu...
that explains your cool knowledge about radiation and supernovas and such.
speaking of which: when will you continue your scifi story?
btw, already a billion dollars is a sign that you failed at being human
the choice between giving away everything above, let's say, ten million, and euthanasia would be a good remedy for this
@StroomAfwaarts Yeah, my opinion is very solidly that everyone should have a simple policy – if you are a billionaire, we'll tax you until you aren't, and spend the money on communities and helping society's most vulnerable.
@gaige Oh damn. It really is true what they say, all the people defending billionaires don't realise that they should, by all rights, relate more to the rest of us!
@indie All that spending on military equipment was literally how this murder was accomplished. I presume all they needed to do was check the receipts.
@InvaderXan i once gave a talk, and put this on a side, https://speakerdeck.com/igalic/building-web-applications-for-the-high-scale?slide=25
and without exaggeration, i think this is the best slide i've written in my life
@portpupper It seems like there hasn't ever been an individual who was effectively a trillionaire after adjusting for inflation. Though apparently there have been families who would qualify.
Though even owning a billion is obscene IMO.
@InvaderXan You just reminded me of something that happened on March 28 in some parts of Spain (my neighborhood included). It was Amancio Ortega's birthday, and people sang Happy Birthday to him from their balconies, thanking him for all the money he has donated for fighting covid in Spain. This is what many people think of billionaires. They think they worked hard, they are generous enough to give us a 0.0000001% of their wealth and that there should be more of them! I was really sad that day.
@InvaderXan Jeff Bezos could pay every Amazon employee a decent salary, AND healthcare, out of his pocket money and not even feel it.
A society that contains billionaires is one that is broken at its most basic level, economically speaking.
Sunbeam City is a anticapitalist, antifascist solarpunk instance that is run collectively.