Monday, February 5, 2007

point of view



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 this:

There would be:
57 Asians
21 Europeans
14 from the Western Hemisphere, both north and south
8 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
6 people would possess 59% of the entire world's wealth
and all 6 would be from the US
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 near birth
1 (yes, only 1) would have a college education
2 would own a computer

WHEN ONE CONSIDERS OUR WORLD FROM SUCH A
COMPRESSED PERSPECTIVE, THE NEED FOR
UNDERSTANDING OF, ACCEPTANCE OF, AND EDUCATION
ABOUT OTHER CULTURES BECOMES GLARINGLY APPARENT.



~photo - redbird looking in our window 04 February 2007
~words - copied from a company newsletter, no origin given

6 comments:

The Calico Cat said...

Definately something to pause & think about... Some of those numbers just don't sound "right." Although, I can't quite put my finger on what is "wrong."

With only two computer owners, what do you think they blog about?

susan said...

I found more on the list of "stats" here, it seems these numbers may indeed be "questionable, out of date, or poorly-defined." But still something to think about.

East of Oregon said...

beautiful photo and interesting blog - gave you a shout out on mine.. take care and happy day! :)

Abandoned in Pasadena said...

One of the computer users would definately be my brother.

jellyhead said...

Those sure are words to make us appreciate everything we have.

The bird is lovely!

bluemountainmama said...

what a great photo! i had a bluejay right outside my window eating from a dried sunflower, but he flew away before i got back with my camera. and good food for thought...we are very blessed in america. i believe everyone should visit a thirld world country at least once in their life... i haven't but hope to one day.