• Daniel Hodgson

Responsibilities For The Ultra-Rich

Dear Mr. Bezos, Musk and every other billionaire. It's time for you to pony up, pay the piper and earn your keep on your high horse far above us peasants.


First off congrats to all of you top 1%ers of the world who earned your place instead of just inheriting it, but where is your conscience. That voice in the back of your head that tells you maybe you should be doing more for your fellow man.

How hard would it be for the richest man in the world to purchase an apartment building in a low-income neighbourhood and give the residents free rent? What if all the rich began taking action to better society? What would our country look like if we provided for those unable to provide for themselves? How would our cities look if we no longer passed the homeless on the street with a heart full of contempt and a lack of compassion?


Is it possible to share the wealth? Is it an entitlement to think the ultra-rich should be forced to spend a portion of their money on the society beneath their golden feet? Personally, I think it's about time we unshackle ourselves and force our masters to behave less selfishly and embrace the fact that we are all connected. All one species trying to survive.


According to the Canadian Business Journal, there are currently 45 billionaires in Canada while The Homelessness Partnering Secretariat estimates that between 150,000 and 300,000 individuals experience homelessness in Canada each year.

Why don't we start here in our country and demand our wealthy provide for our underprivileged? Make it law to care. We the people should unite in solidarity under the fact that there are more of us than them and we are in the right. Why don't we rally together and demand a wealth tax? Force the greedy hands of the financial elite to loosen their grip on their purse strings.


We are inventors and innovators. We are bold. The poet Virgil said that "fortune favours the bold" and I for one believe it. Piss on conventional capitalism, we tried it and it didn't work. Why can't we put our heads together as a people and invent a new way of life with new governance? Make happiness more important than what car you drive.


I say it's time to no longer envy the ultra-wealthy but pitty them for living in a false existence, numb to the struggling of others. I say it's time we make it the norm to love each other and build others up. I say it's time for a revolution.