Stories from the UK, Bangladesh, Senegal, America, Nigeria, Somalia, Kenya, South Africa, and Tunisia (links below) all point us towards a discussion of how we all hope to live and what is realistic at the moment.
The cost of fuel, food and housing is piling on pressure around the world. Are you feeling it? Is your cost of living going up? We’d like to hear your personal experiences.
Are you having to change your lifestyle? If you are, do you resent the compromise?
And what is behind this? Should we see the variety of rising costs as related? Have we been asking too much of the world for too long? As a race, have we been living beyond our means in terms of wealth and resources?
If that is the case, would it be clearer to say the rich are consuming so much that the poor are paying the penalty?
Or is this actually an unfortunate coincidence of several unrelated events? Do mortgage problems in the UK and the US and the price of wheat in Nigeria share nothing in common beyond the financial strain they’re placing on people? Will current high prices fall as the economic cycle turns?