Wednesday, September 23, 2009
Our World Condensed Down to a Village Would Have These Ratios:
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…..you 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.
Posted by Bonnie Zieman, M.Ed. at 9:49 PM