Sunday, June 12, 2005

appreciate what you have

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 America
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;
all 6 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 one considers our world from such a compressed perspective, the need fro 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 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 U.S. and Canada

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

12 comments:

Anonymous said...

haha, nothing against homosexuals


but dang, 11 of them? thats alot haha

Sasha said...

Yeah, dang, that is a lot.^

Maybe that is why they should be treated equally. Not made fun of, or jeered at, or singled out... but treated the same.

MH said...

Putting things in perspective is terrifying. Absolutely terrifying--especially when you live in one of the richest parts of the U.S.

The hardest part is, interestingly enough, not being racist, etc., but coming to terms with how blessed you really are and then doing something about it.

~mh~

Anonymous said...

This is why I love you, Stephen. You actually give a damn. I wonder what the ratio for people like that would be...

Jordan said...

Wow dude...That honestly puts alot in perspective for me...I thank you for posting this...It's uncanny how selfish I really am when I complain about being short on cash, or complainging that the Gap doesnt have my size jeans, or getting upset when the waiter takes extra time to get to my table...thanks again.

James said...

i copied this, and put it into my xanga www.xanga.com/jmsmr27 i put a link saying this info was from your blogger. I hope you dont mind.

I just want to get this out to more ppl, who maybe dont read your blogger

Anonymous said...

The US only makes up 4.6% of the world population.

Anonymous said...

The male to female ratio is off, only in the US do males out number females. Worldwide there are 1.01 males for every female, so the ratio would be about even when rounded (50.25 & 49.75).

Anonymous said...

I think the last person to comment meant that in the US females outnumber males. I couldn't believe the literacy rate. When I checked it out with a credible resource it would be 56 people would be able to read. Only 72 of the people would be tested for literacy because the rest would be young children.

Anonymous said...

This is from www.nationsonline.org/oneworld/index.html

Summary of the World
If we could shrink the Earth's population to a village of precisely 100 people, with all existing human ratios remaining the same, it would look like this:

81 would be from less developed countries with a gross income per capita and year of US$ 3,580, 19 would be from developed countries with a gross income per capita and year of US$ 22,060.

There would be 61 Asians, 12 Europeans, 13 Africans, 9 would be from South America and the Caribbean, and 5 from North America including Canada.

75 would be non-white, while 25 would be white.

60 would mistrust their own government.
No wonder, that the governments mistrust their people.

60 would live within 62 miles of a coastline.

50 would be female, and 50 would be male.

50 would rely in some manner on coastal and marine habitats for food, building sites, transportation, recreation, and waste disposal.

48 would live on less than US $2 a day.

48 would lack access to basic sanitation.

47 would be urban dwellers.
The world's urban areas are expected to surpass rural areas in population around the year 2005

29 would believe in witchcraft.

25 would live in substandard housing or have no home at all.

20 would live on less than US $1 a day.

17 would be under 18 years old.

16 would lack access to safe drinking water.

16 would be unable to read and write.

14 would suffer from malnutrition.

10 would live in least developed countries.

8 would have Internet access from home.

4.5 would be citizens of the United States

1 would be infected with HIV/AIDS.

1 would be near death, and 1 would be near birth.

Only 1 would have a college education.

Half of the entire village's wealth would be in the hands of only 6 people, and most of them would be citizens of the United States.

When one considers our world from such an incredibly compressed perspective, the need for cooperation, tolerance and understanding becomes glaringly apparent.

lyla said...

we have more then we will ever know...

Story of a Girl said...

We can be so negative about our circumstances but reading this really does help us put things in perspective. Thanks for posting this.