09 September 2012

The World Through Binoculars Backward

If you could fit the entire population of the world into a village consisting of 100 people, maintaining the proportions of all the people living on Earth, that village would consist of
57 Asians
21 Europeans

14 Americans (North, Central and South)

8 Africans

There would be

52 women and 48 men

30 Caucasians and 70 non-Caucasians

30 Christians and 70 non-Christians

89 heterosexuals and 11 homosexuals

6 people would possess 59% of the wealth and they would all come from the United States of America.

80 would live in poverty.

70 would be illiterate.

50 would suffer from hunger and malnutrition.

1 would be dying.

1 would be being born.

1 would own a computer.

1 (yes, only one) would have a university degree.

If we looked at the world in this way, the need for acceptance and understanding would be obvious.

But, also consider the following:

If you woke up this morning in good health, you have more luck than one million people, who won’t live through the week.

If you have never experienced the horror of war, the solitude
of prison, the pain of torture, were not close to death from 
starvation, then you are better off than 500 million people.

If you can go to your place of worship without fear that someone will assault or kill you, then you are luckier than 3 billion people. If you have a full fridge, clothes on your back, a roof over your head and a place to sleep, you are wealthier than 75% of the world’s population.

If you currently have money in the bank, in your wallet, and a few coins in your pocket or purse, you are one of 8 of the privileged few amongst the 100 people in the world.

If your parents are still alive and still married, you’re a rare individual.

If you are reading this it could be because you don’t comprise one of those 2 billion people who are illiterate and, therefore, cannot.

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