Some readers may have seen this before. I really liked this when I first read it as it brings important facts about the world into stark reality and something everyone can understand. If you think it's overly sentimental or "6th Form-ish", I make no apologies. It is probably over-simplified. But it makes interesting reading and should make you think.
This is official research, and was done in 2001, so may be a little outdated, but I don't think things have really improved or changed much over the last 10 years.
If we could shrink the worlds population to a village of precisely 100 people, with all the existing human ratios remaining the same, it would look something like this:
There would be:
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 white.
70 would be non Christian
30 would be Christian.
89 would be heterosexual
11 would be homosexual
6 people would posses 59% of the entire world’s wealth and all 6 would be from the USA.
80 Would be living in substandard housing.
70 Would be unable to read.
50 Would suffer from malnutrition.
1 Would be near death and 1 would be near birth.
1 Would have a college education
4 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 one up this morning with more health than illness……you are more blessed than 1 million who will not survive the 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 3 billion 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 richer than 75% of this world.
If you have money in the bank, in your wallet and spare change in a dish some where……..you are amongst the top 8% of the worlds wealthy.
If your parents are still alive and still married you are very rare even in the UK, USA and Canada.
If you can read this message,you just received a double blessing in that someone was thinking of you and furthermore you are more blessed than over 2 billion people in the world that cannot read at all.
Someone once said :”What goes around comes around”
Work like you don’t need the money.
Love like you have never been hurt.
Dance like nobody’s watching.
Sing like nobody’s listening.
Live like it’s Heaven on earth.
One can never be sure of the hard numbers one thing is for sure we all very lucky to be where we are and who we are!
This database can be seen in numerous other blogs and internet searches across the world, and I apologise if I have broken any one's copyright.
Sources: U.S. Bureau of the Census International Data Base, Various UN Departments and UNICEF.Tweet