When does a world disappear? When inequality goes too far.
Inequality seems much in the news these days, an apparently growing bane regardless of how well people are doing at either end of whatever spectrum.
This stark and extreme example sums up the iniquity of inequity and its dire consequences.
‘Regard their faces: three are heavy, fat, over-satiated; three thousand emaciated from hunger. When does a world disappear? When three masters overeat and a people of three thousand starves to death.’
See also Vasily Grossman’s searing description of hunger and its effects.
Source: Nikos Kazantzakis, The Last Temptation, trans. P.A. Bien (London: Faber and Faber, 1983), p. 257
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