We USED TO HAVE a sizeable middle class until 2007-2008.
If your definition of who is better than who is based around money or financial success then I guess you could see it as me saying Ray was somehow more deserving. I mean nothing of the sort.
but try to convince the average first world person today to go back to subsistence living. We've sold our souls to the devil for the convenience of leisure time.
It was melting away way before that. I think the seminal moment happened August 15, 1971. April 5, 1933 before that was the real real beginning. But that was just a heist. Nobody can call that anything but what it was. Robbery.
This is the challenge for the wealthier nations - how to share their existing wealth with the poor in other nations rather than dream up schemes to create new wealth for those poor people (and make the rich even richer in the process). Because more wealth inevitably means consuming more stuff and the planet can't sustain that and still allow us the environmental conditions we are accustomed to.
Again this comes to what you consider "better". Often times I suspect that the only reason we are really interested in raising the wealth of some other places in the third world is that we want to be able to sell them things.
That's how humans are supposed to exist. That's our natural place.
Or the folks on North Sentinel Island. They seem to be doing just fine without all of our modern luxuries. That's how humans are supposed to exist. That's our natural place.
How do you know they are doing just fine?
The human race has evolved over centuries
why not do as I suggested, and go and visit them?
Lol. The human race has evolved over millennia. The modern way of life is barely a blip in that time-scale.
People the world over are getting taken down by the warming.