I don't believe I said any of that. If I did, it certainly wasn't what I meant. I was attempting to address the point of whether or not inequality in wealth can be said to be increasing, and therefore whether or not people who remain at the bottom of the pile(as it were) can truly be said to be better off than when they had less. I certainly don't see poverty as an excuse for violence, but what I am saying is that it's easy for us in the West to make such a statement when people poorer than ourselves see that as the only way to battle what they see as an injustice - ie. that of such an inequality which favours us in the West and the USA in particular. Furthermore, I don't wish to give the impression that money or material possessions are all there is to life, nor that relationships with other people are not more important. The topic Dathka and I were discussion was economics, hence my thoughts on inequalities in wealth. That's not me simplifying anything. I never said there wasn't more to life. Just because I don't talk football at a wedding or whatever, does not mean I'm not interested it.