There is a difference between wealth and prosperity.
While prosperity can apply to an entire community, great wealth applies to individuals and families and always requires that many others live in poverty.
The economy set us up for endangerment. The colorful world map to the right shows the countries in a spectrum from green to red. Green represents the least disparity between the highest incomes and the lowest incomes, red indicating the countries with greatest disparity. In the illustration with the red spike, the chart shows the percentages of money held by the percentages of people in the United States in 2001. Since then the ratio has diverged even more, as reported by the New York Times.
"The United States is one of the richest countries in the world (2nd behind Kuwait). In the United States at the end of 2001, 10% of the population owned 71% of the wealth, and the top 1% controlled 38%. On the other hand, the bottom 40% owned less than 1% of the nation's wealth." Moriconi blog
"Only after the last tree has been cut down,
only after the last river has been poisoned,
only after the last fish has been caught,
only then will you find that money cannot be eaten."