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Thursday, June 22, 2006

This is what the global village really looks like.

 If all the Earth's population was shrunk into a village of just 100 people - with all the human ratios existing in the world still remaining - what would this tiny, diverse village look like? That's exactly what Phillip M. Harter, a medical doctor at the Stanford University School of Medicine, attempted to figure out. This is what he found...
Think of it this way. If you live in a good home, have plenty to eat and can read, you are a member of a very select group. And if you have a good house, food, can read and have a computer, you are among the very elite.
If you woke up this morning with more health than illness... you are more fortunate 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 church meeting without fear of harassment, arrest, torture, or death...you are fortunate, more than three billion people in the world can't.
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 wealthy.
If you can read this message, you are more blessed than over two billion people in the world that cannot read at all.

I found the above information here and quoted most of the salient points for its full impact.
It made me think anyway...

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Comments:
Great post, Luke. These are some revealing numbers. It's worthwhile remembering to stop and smell the roses and realize the luck we've had in being born in the affluent West in the late 20th century.
 
Thanks, Sam.
 
Yes, very thought-provoking, Luke.

Well worth calling by for these occasional nuggets...
 
that is so amazing that you came across that. i just wish more people could understand that those of us who do own a computer (and etc, etc) are the luckiest people on earth. :)
 
Thanks, Mr. D. and TLTRThing, for your comments.
 
Well that's just made me be simultaneously happier about my own situation, and ashamed of the worlds at large. It's going to take awhile before Utopia is around us aint it.
If ever.
 
Hi Clair.
Thanks for dropping by.
 
Not quite, see: Urban Legends Reference Pages: Science (Aisle of Man).
 
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