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Friday, June 12, 2009

Putting Things Into Perspective

VILLAGE OF 100
If 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.

57 would be Asian
21 would be European
14 would be from the Western Hemisphere
8 would be African
52 would be female
48 would be male

70 would be nonwhite
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 percent 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
1 would be near death
1 would be pregnant
1 would have a college education
1 would own a computer

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 your parents are still alive and still married...you are very rare,
even in the United States. 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 hold someone's hand, hug them or even touch them on the
shoulder ....... you are blessed because you can offer a healing touch.
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 two billion people in the world that cannot read at all.

Have a good day, count your blessings, and pass this along to remind
everyone else how blessed we all are?

ENJOY THE WEEKEND EVERYONE!

14 comments:

highplainsgirl said...

Very nice, positive report, Yorksnbeans! It's good to remember the positive!

highplainsgirl said...

btw, your live traffic feed thing is interesting...

Duncanr said...

Lovely post 2Y&B

Too often we are so wrapped up in our own problems we fail to see the wider picture - to see that despite what ails or besets us, in comparison to the troubles afflicting other folk in the world we are blessed indeed

nonnie9999 said...

very nice way of pointing out what's going on. it makes it so much easier to really understand the problems present in the world. if people would present political arguments in terms of families, they would be easier to understand. i think it all can be whittled down to that, people would understand what's going on, and they will make better choices.

yorksnbeans said...

Thanks all....yes, this really shows us how fortunate we are!

bearmancartoons said...

Puts in perspective when you think you have had a bad day

italco said...

Why do I have to be the pregnant one? I am not even female.

Kidding of course...very cute report...I come here so I can smile everyday...otherwise, I just growl at everybody...;)...ok, I am good now!

Lynn said...

what a great post! very interesting to see it all broken down that way...and just when I wanted to feel sorry for myself too! thanks.

Geonite said...

Thanks for putting things in perspective beans.

Where did you get this from? I've seen it before but couldn't find it when I searched for it.

Indy609 said...

A great piece of perspective... I enjoyed this a lot. Cheers, yorks, just felt like checking in.

Indy609 said...

I'm wondering, though... how can a whole 70 of those people not believe in the one true Lord?

yorksnbeans said...

italco....thank you! that's what this blog is here for, so I'm glad to hear that!

Lynn...this is a good pick me up for those "down in the dump" times!

Geo...I received this in an email a few years ago and consider it was of my all time favorites.

Indy...so glad to see you!! You know I miss you!
The answer to your question is that it depends on the Lord you are speaking of! ;-)

nursemyra said...

what a great study!

Lynn said...

yes it is, I was thinking about stealing it from you but since i already have a link to your iste on my blog i thought i'd better not.