While we are all hearing about ‘a billion this’ and a ‘billion that’ for various financial institutions I would hope that we don’t lose sight of what a ‘billion’ actually is.
A billion seconds ago it was 1959
A billion minutes ago you could have spoken to Jesus… In person
A billion hours ago our ancestors in the stone age were eating raw meat and dying regularly of things like the common cold.
A billion days ago we were not bipedal.
So a billion is a big number, its a one with twelve zeros after it
If you earned the minimum wage of €8.65 it would take you over 13 million years of non stop work, day and night, seven days a week to earn a billion euro (pre tax).
We are getting shafted, it doesn’t feel good.