February 2, 2007
Debates in civil society orbit around million dollar economies when our western nations now measure GDPs in the trillions of dollars. How can the average person visualize oil company profits and the wealth of individuals in billions of dollars? Somehow we need a new perspective on money matters where a million dollars invested in a pot hole, health care, education or housing is measured in relation to a National Worth in Canada of several trillions of dollars. Once the equivalent quantity of a million dollar diamonds to compost a cube that equals a trillion dollars, they become tiny dots that no longer sparkle on your computer screen. Each of these 100 diamonds is worth $1, 000, 000. How many cubes of these will it take to represent a billion and then a trillion dollars?
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