Monday, January 18, 2010
A friend sent the following to me in an email (not sure of the author or where the stats came from, but it doesn't really matter...the bottom line is...let's just love one another)!
If we could shrink the earth’s population to a village of precisely 100 people, with all the existing human ratios remaining the same, it would look something like the following.
There would be:
14 from the Western Hemisphere, both North and South
52 would be female
48 would be male
70 would be people of Color
30 would be Caucasian
70 would be Non-Christian
30 would be Christian
89 would be heterosexual
11 would be homosexual
6 people would possess 59% of the entire world’s wealth and all would be from the United States
80 would live in substandard housing
70 would be unable to read
50 would suffer from malnutrition
1 would be near death; 1 would be near birth
1 (yes, only 1) would have a college education
1 would own a computer
When we consider our world from such a compressed perspective, the need for acceptance, understanding and education becomes glaringly apparent.
The following is also something to ponder…..
If you woke up this morning with more health than illness….you are more blessed than the million who will not survive this week.
If you have never experienced the danger of battle, the loneliness of imprisonment, the agony of torture, or the pangs of starvation…. You are ahead of 500 million people in the world.
If you can attend a church meeting without fear of harassment, arrest, torture, or death….. you are more blessed than three billion people in the world.
If you have food in the refrigerator, cloths on your back, a roof overhead and a place to sleep… you are richer than 75% of this world.
If you have money in the bank, in your wallet, and spare change in a dish someplace….. you are among the top 8% of the world’s wealthy.
If your parents are still alive and still married…. You are very rare, even in the United States and Canada.
If you can read this message, you just received a double blessing, there are two billion people in the world that cannot read at all.
Someone once said: “what goes around, comes around.”
Let’s help each other appreciate our world and those who dwell in it, so that our children can learn from us, and live in a peaceful world which bursts at the seams with acceptance, knowledge, compassion and kindness.