Friday, January 16, 2009


If the world were a village of only 100 people, there would be:
60 Asians
14 Africans
12 Europeans
8 people from Central and South America, Mexico and Caribbean,
5 from the USA and Canada, and
1 person from Australia or New Zealand
The people of the village would have considerable difficulty communicating:
14 people would speak Mandarin
8 people would speak Hindu/Urdu
8 would speak English
7 would speak Spanish
4 would speak Russian and
4 would speak Arabic
In the village there would be:
33 Christians
22 Muslims
15 Hindus
14 Nonreligious, Agnostics or Atheists
6 Buddhists and
10 people to represent Sixty remaining world religions
In this 100-person community:
80 would live in substandard housing
67 adults live in the village; half of them would be illiterate
50 would suffer from malnutrition
33 would not have access to clean, safe drinking water
24 people would not have any electricity
Of the 76 that do have electricity, most would use it for light at nighttime only
In the village would be 42 radios, 24 televisions, 14 telephones and 7 computers
(and some villagers would represent owning multiple of each one)
7 people would own an automobile (again, some of these people represent owning more than one)
5 people would posses 32% of the entire village’s wealth, and these would all be from the United States
The poorest 1/3 of the people would receive only 3% of the income of the village
The following is also something to ponder:
If you woke up this morning healthy, you are more blessed than the million who will not survive this week
If you never experienced the danger of battle, the fear and loneliness of imprisonment, the agony of torture, or the pain of starvation, you are better off than 500 million people in the world
If you have food in the refrigerator, clothes on your back, a roof over your head and a place to sleep, you are more comfortable than 75% of the people in the world
If you have money in the bank, in your wallet, and spare change in a dish someplace, you are among he top 8% of the world’s wealthy
If you can read this, you are more blessed than over 2 Billion people in the world who cannot read at all.
When one considers our world from such a compressed perspective, it becomes both evident and vital that education, acceptance and compassion are essential for the progress for humankind.

This article was on "Loose Change it is always good for this kind of info. It sure makes me appreciate what I have for sure.

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