Monday, February 27, 2012

Much to be thankful for.



 
If we could shrink the earth's population
found here
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 would be Africans
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 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
50 would suffer from malnutrition
(ONE)1 would be near death;
(ONE)1 would be near birth;
(ONE)1 (yes, only 1) would have a college education;
(ONE)1 (yes, only 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.
And, therefore . . .
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 woke up this morning with more health than illness, you are more blessed than the million who will not survive this week.
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 you can attend a church meeting without fear of harassment, arrest, torture, or death, you are more blessed than three billion people in the world.
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 hold up your head with a smile on your face and are truly thankful, you are blessed because the majority can, but most do not.
If you can read this message, you are more blessed than over two billion people in the world who cannot read at all.
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31 comments:

M said...

...and my child with cancer would not be a survivor. It's great and lucky to live in the U.S!

Thanks for the photos and insight :)

Pumpkin Delight (Kimberly) said...

It's a very interesting perspective isn't it?!?! It's amazing how egocentric our country has become when we are the minority. Good food for thought...thank you for sharing.

Stasha said...

Love this post! What a great reminder and indeed an eye opener! Thank you.

Pieni Lintu said...

Nice thoughts!!!

lifebythecreek said...

Very enlightening, indeed! Thank you for always going deep and wide, and opening our eyes to the world around us. Love you!

Tamar SB said...

Wow! Thank you for those amazing numbers - such a great prospective! And of course, stunning pics to go along with it (-:

Tamar SB said...

Wow! Thank you for those amazing numbers - such a great prospective! And of course, stunning pics to go along with it (-:

Farmgirl Paints said...

Wow perspective...love getting my rose colored glasses adjusted. It really is a good thing.

Liz {Learning To Juggle} said...

I was feeling sorry for myself this morning. Like almost want to ugly cry at work sorry for myself.

Then I read this...I NEEDED this today...thank you for sharing it with us!!!

...melody... said...

What mind blowing stats. Compressing the numbers really does put things into perspective. Thanks for sharing! :)

Em S said...

that is one way to put it all into perspective...it's amazing to see when all written out where we are in the world today.

mindy said...

what perspective and food for thought. much to be thankful for!

April said...

What sobering statistics, Becky! Definitely makes me feel very grateful for the life I've been blessed with!

Susi said...

Wow, that's fascinating!! Definitely makes one wake up. Very nice pictures too!

CiCi said...

This is an extremely important post. It is being forwarded to all my friends.

tinajo said...

Great post! :-)

Maddy said...

What a thought provking posts! When you put it so simply, it's amazing how much we take for granted - like a college education!

Seeing Each Day said...

Thank you so much for this reminder. Incredible. Lovely photos too.

Kristy LifenReflection said...

I have read this before and each time it is so uplifting!

Busy Bee Suz said...

Food for thought.....I know I am most fortunate for many many reasons.
xo

Vicki Valenta said...

Awesome post! Eye opening and a good reminder for all of us.

carissa at lowercase letters said...

yes and amen. this is real and raw. love you for it.

Jennifer @ Studio JRU said...

Really, really makes you think. Love the photos Becky!

Magical Day Dream said...

What a wonderful post. Puts things in perspective doesn't it? :)

x

Marielle

Sharon said...

Great post Becky!

Between You and Me said...

love this....true perspective.
we all need a little global perspective!!!

Peeper said...

That is a great way to bring it all into perspective. A very timely reminder - here I was feeling all sorry for myself tonight. I needed this reality check.

photowannabe said...

I am so truly blessed.
I have so much to be thankful for, home, church, family, everything I "need".
Beautiful post today Becky. Thanks.

Maggie S. said...

WOW... Thank you for this. It is incredible.

sophie...^5 said...

Thanks for this Becky...so thankful that I can read and can understand!

Teachinfourth said...

There are things we really should be thankful for...