Saturday, February 21, 2009

Getting Things Into Perspective

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
  • 1 would be near death;
  • 1 would be near birth;
  • 1 (yes, only 1) would have a college education;
  • 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.
  • As you read this and are reminded how life is in the rest of the world, remember just how blessed you really are!

8 Comments:

Alex said...

How can only 1 person own a computer yet 6 people control 59% of the wealth. I think they too would own computers.

Masako Moonshade said...

There's something off about these statistics. 70% are illiterate, but if you can read you're more fortunate than 2 billion?

The last time I checked, the world population is roughly 7 billion. I'm no math whiz, but 2/7 is a lot less than 70%.

It's an interesting blurb, and it makes a point, but this sort of things shouldn't be taken as fact.

Daniel said...

A cursory glance showed 3 inexcusable errors in the first list alone. Here is my Reddit post:

I got through 1/2 of the first bullet point when I found a horrible error. It says 8 people would be African (should be 14-15). Further, there are just under 1 billion people in Africa, which is about 8% of 12 billion.

Next BS: 11% of the worlds population is gay? I doubt it.

Final BS: 1 would own a computer? WTF, that's WAAAAAY off. Consider this, if one in 5 Americans owns a computer, they alone would number over 60 million, which is approximately the 1% they list. Many more than 1 in 5 Americans owns a computer, and they DO exist elsewhere in the world, therefor this number is retardedly inaccurate.

Komakino said...

The mistake some people are making is thinking that each statistic is related to the last; they're not. Each stat is distint, so the one about 6 people controlling 59% of the wealth is entirely independent of the one about 1 person owning a computer.

As for Daniel...where does 12 billion come from? The current world population is more or less 6 billion.

Anonymous said...

Misleading. Do a little bit of fact checking next time before reproducing stuff that's been floating around the internet. http://www.snopes.com/science/stats/populate.asp

Anonymous said...

11 would be gay. That would suck if 10 of them coupled up and there was just one lonely gay villager.

Masako Moonshade said...

I'm thinking that this was done based on VERY OLD and outdated data, meshed with some extremely rough estimates.

Asgeir said...

Yes this are from 2001 and need to be updated...:-)

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