Two studies released this week reveal a global situation rich with inequalities as fatcats lined up in Switzerland for the World Economic Forum.
According to an Oxfam critique of current capitalism, less than one per cent of the global population owned over 50 per cent of the world's wealth in 2019.
To pluck a single eye-watering stat from among many, one per cent of world's richest man, Amazon CEO Jeff Bezo's $112 billion fortune, was the equivalent to the entire health budget of Ethiopia, a country of 105 million people.
It's a trifle mind-blowing and yet another kick in the guts for those hoping the meek shall inherit the earth.
Critics disputed the inhumane implications of the statistical implications, complained that they're out of date before they're even released, and mumbled stuff about trickle down economics but the difference between news and fake news is negligible when you're subsisting in a slum.
Meanwhile, in another study reported this week, it was revealed that rich people are staying healthy for almost a decade longer than poor people, rubbing it in the nose of the billions wading in the trickle down.
In an effort to understand inequality, Britain and US university researchers looked at more than 25,000 adults over the age of 50 in the UK and US seeking factors that could predict how long they lived before they started suffering from age-related disabilities, like being unable to get out of bed or cook for themselves.
No mention was made of not knowing which remote controls the TV, but that's surely relevant too.
A distinction was made between "healthy life expectancy" and just plain old "life expectancy". The former suggesting you got Netflix to work, the latter utter Third World wretchedness.
From age 50 onwards it was found well-off men can expect about 31 years of healthy life and well-off women 33. Poor people in the same categories came in generally a decade shorter.
Wealth was identified as the critical key, which is no great surprise as high socio-economic status enables you to access resources needed to live longer and healthier, like food, and private health insurance and the ability to nurture children who can show you how to work the remote.
It's a not so vicious circle, but circle nonethelesss, that impoverished people can only dream of, if they have the energy.
But does it mean money makes you happy? If you equate happiness with health, yes. And in terms of healthy life choices, it seems the healthiest choice you can make in life is choose to be rich.
Of course, that's a choice the vast majority of humanity are denied, as Oxfam's report declares. The situation could be markedly improved if the preposterously wealthy were taxed with a bit more state-financed vigour. But governments seem to find that idea far too taxing to consider.