Sunday, April 16, 2006

I swear this is my last post for today.

Yay. There's a Clampdown show in Springfield on the 13th, 8 pm, at some coffeehouse. This is my way of noting-to-self.

This is cliche, and I'm sure the numbers aren't exactly right, but it's still worth thinking about. I generally consider forward-type things idiotic beyond belief - my reaction is to generally either want to rip my hair out or strangle whatever moron came up with it - but I liked this one. Call me sappy.

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 nonwhite
- 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 U.S.A.
- 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 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 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 religious meeting without fear of harassment, arrest, torture, or 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 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 United States and Canada.

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


Blogger victoriangal said...

WOW, definately something to think about. I am going to use it in my blog too with a link back to your entry.

2:10 AM

Blogger Zak said...

Michelle, you're a little behind the times on this one. It's been on teh intarnets as long as there has been teh intarnets

10:00 AM


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