We came across a pretty darned interesting TED talk the other day. It's by Richard Wilkinson, a British researcher who examines questions of social inequality. And though — as he admits at the beginning of his talk — the idea that inequality is "divisive and socially corrosive" isn't exactly a new one, some of his findings are downright startling. Like, say, the fact that among the world's richest nations, life expectancy doesn't seem to have anything to do with just how rich that nation is. But it does seem to have plenty to do with just how much economic inequality there is.
It's definitely worth the 17 minutes it takes to watch it: