Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Our World Condensed Down to a Village Would Have These Ratios:

Like me, you have probably seen the following information floating around the internet.  However, reading it a second time, was just as powerful as the first.  If you have never seen it, I'm sure you will feel its impact.   It is a good reminder to never take the privilege and abundance in our lives for granted.

(In a comment on Thursday, Wanda reminds us that gratitude is not enough.  We have to use our privilege and abundance to help eliminate the imbalance and resulting suffering in the world.  We should all ask ourselves if we are using any of our resources to right these wrongs.)

Our World as a Village:

If we could shrink the earth’s population to a village of precisely 100 people, with all the existing human ratios remaining the same, the world would look something like this:

There would be - 57 Asians, 21 Europeans, 14 from the western Hemispheres (North & South) & 8 Africans.

52 would be female, 48 would be male; 70 would be non-white & 30 would be white.

70 would be non-Christian, 30 would be Christian.

89 would be heterosexual, 11 would be homosexual.

6 people would possess 64% of the world’s wealth and all 6 would be from North America.

80 would live in sub-standard 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 University education & 1 would own a computer (and that 1 person would dwell in North America).

When you consider our world from such a compressed perspective, it becomes glaringly apparent that there is a need for acceptance, understanding & education.

Also consider the following:

If you woke up this morning with more health than illness…….you are more blessed than the 2 million people 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 on this planet.

If you can attend a church meeting without fear of harassment, arrest, torture or death……you are more blessed than 3 billion people in the world.

If you have food in your refrigerator, clothes on your back, a roof over your head and a place to sleep………you are wealthier than 75% of the people on earth.

If you have money in the bank, in your wallet and spare change somewhere in a dish or bowl someplace… are among the top 8% world’s wealthy.

If your parents are still alive and still married…….you are very rare, even in North America!

If you hold up your head with a smile on your face and are truly thankful…….you are blessed because the majority can, but most do not.

If you can hold someone’s hand, hug them, or even touch them on the shoulder…….you are blessed because you can offer a healing touch.

If you can read this message, you have received a double blessing in that someone was thinking of you, and furthermore, you are more blessed than over 2 billion people who cannot read at all.


  1. Oh, dear! Oh,dear! After reading the lines of statistics....I feel I want to go out and look at a field with blooming flowers!
    True and thought provoking!

  2. Thank you for this, Bonnie. We have so much to be thankful much abundance that we take for granted in our lives.
    You have reminded me of just how very blessed I am! Thank you so much!

    Hugs :D


  3. I have seen this before, but am so glad you posted the reminder! I LOVE this-- think perhaps I should hang it on my wall as a *daily* reminder! :) Thank you.

  4. "If you hold up your head with a smile on your face and are truly thankful…….you are blessed..."

    And let us use our blessings, our joy, and our abundance to further the well being of humankind, and the earth that provides.

  5. No I had never seen these statistics before. What a grim and salutary reminder. We fortunate few whine and moan, complain and when we are not doing that, we contemplate our navel. Bonnie, I will keep this information handy and show it to people whenever and wherever possible.

  6. Bonnie,

    No, I had not read this telescoping of the world...
    it begins to make glaring sense, and appreciation sometime never seems like enough. There is a resonance here. Thanks. -Jayne

  7. Our gratitude for our blessings, compassion for others and being not enough though, to change the imbalance in the world or the harshness of daily life for many families...but wish it could.

  8. I have seen this before either.

    I noticed that there isn't one Aussie in this village of 100 :(

    Thought provoking facts here. It astonishes me that with my modest life I am richer than 75% of the worlds population.

  9. fascinating and very revealing. I feel lucky indeed in so many ways

  10. Thanks for the reminder of all that I have to be thankful for. I need that sometimes.

  11. Thank you all for leaving your comments.

    Wanda: You are so right. This should not just evoke our gratitude, but the right use of our resources to change the situation. Our resources include our time, energy and money. It behooves us all to ask ourselves if we are using any of our abundant resources to alleviate the suffering in the world.

  12. I'd seen it before too, but it's always good to be reminded.

  13. Wow. Beautiful, thought-provoking post. Thanks for reminding us of what really matters. It's so easy to forget.
    Thanks, too for the flw-

  14. Wow - what a powerful post. I have not seen this information before. Really gives one things to think about - and truly to be grateful for.

    Thanks for putting things into perspective.

  15. Wow... sobering, isn't it? And so we should all start our day being truly grateful.

    (P.S. Bonnie, I posted an explanation about the Monarch Ranching on my blog that I hope will provide better insight to the photo.) :c)

  16. Luck of the draw? Karma? Don't know...but that is beside the point which is to share and not fall into the culture of more is better greediness. It's all so ridiculous-capitalism walks on the backs of others I suppose but whatchagonnado- give here give there help as much as one possibly can without compromising ones own survival and ability to help- education is the key...the old teach a man to fish thing.

  17. Riveting, right to the core of the matter, dear Bonnie. As expected! Now I need to take this gratitude to another level - thanks for the exhortation. You are deeply appreciated.
    By the way, I don't have your e-mail address. Here's mine - it's public access from my own blogsite info -

    Best to you...EFH

  18. Bonnie, No I never saw this before and it certainly is sobering. I think if you travel around the world which relatively few Americans get to do, you become aware of this disparity we have as Americans with the rest of the world. Why we don't do more as a blessed country to promote healing in the world instead of war, I jus don't get. But awareness is the first step. Thanks for sending this. May we all do some kindness today for fun and for free.

    PS. Sorry I missed your story telling event yesterday. Doh!

  19. hey Bonnie! great post; something we should all keep in our minds at ALL times. may I link to this post specifically?

  20. Thanks again for all the comments.

    edifice rex: Yes link away!!

  21. Very powerful, Bonnie!!!! Thank you for posting this! ~Janine XO

  22. Barbara: Thanks for your comment. I was desperately looking for your contribution yesterday . . . next time!

  23. Hi, Bonnie!!! Thank you for your lovely comment!!! Yes, I'm a vegetarian...have been one for years...even before cancer...also, a big fan of organic!!! And yes, I'm a journalist...but with the cancer issues, not working right now...although I still do an odd free-lance piece here and there...I'm really looking forward to getting to know you! I LOVE your art, and you have a wonderful outlook on life!!!! So glad to have "met" you! ~Janine XO

  24. Very riveting statistics that I have never seen before! The condensed version certainly puts a different slant on the whining that we do at times. Yes, we should be grateful and we should also practice humility for such blessings! Love the post!

  25. A thought provoking post to say the least. It certainly puts things in perspective. Life can seem overwhelming sometimes. Thanks for the post.

  26. Wow, truly thought provoking. A good reminder to feel more grateful for everything I have and to reach out to help others more. Thanks for sharing, Cheryl

  27. I've never seen this before and boy is it eye opening. Thanks for sharing. I will be thinking of this message and my response to it for quite awhile.

  28. Thank you ALL for your heart-warming comments!

  29. Wow! This is a very powerful post!


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