If we could shrink the earth's population to a village of precisely 100
with all the existing human ratios remaining the same, it would look
something like the following.
14 from the Western Hemisphere, both north and south
52 would be female
48 would be male
70 would be non-white
30 would be
70 would be non-Christian
30 would be Christian
89 would be heterosexual
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 substandard housing
70 would be unable to read
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 both acceptance, understanding and education becomes glaringly apparent.
is also something to ponder...
If you woke up this morning with more health than illness...you are more
than the million who will not survive this week.
If you have never experienced the danger of battle, the loneliness
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 place of worship without fear of harassment, arrest,
torture, or death...you
are more blessed than three billion people in the
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
If your parents are still alive and still married...you are very rare, even
in the United States
can read this message, you are more blessed than over
two billion people in the world that cannot read at all.