Last updated
15 September 2010

 

 

 

 

Putting the World in perspective

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:-

57 Asians

21 Europeans

14 from the Western Hemisphere, both North and 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 59% of the entire world's wealth and all 6 would be from the United States.

 

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 college education

 

1 would own a computer

 

When one considers 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, clothes 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 somewhere 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.

 

And finally, if you can read this message, you are more blessed than over two billion people in the world that cannot read at all.

 

Source : unknown (from a widely circulated, uncredited e-mail)