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If the world were 100 people...

If the world were 100 people...

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Maria commented:

This is a beautiful video. Do you have this in poem form? I'd like to send it to a friend?


Posted by Maria | October 4, 2006 6:50 AM

Jonathan commented:

Thanks for commenting! The poem form is below...


In the world today, more than 6 billion people live.
If this world were shrunk to the size of a village of 100 people, what would it look like?

59 would be Asian
14 would be American (North, Central and South)
14 would be African
12 would be European
1 would be from the South Pacific

50 would be women, 50 would be men
30 would be children, 70 would be adults.
70 would be nonwhite, 30 would be white
90 would be heterosexual, 10 would be homosexual

33 would be Christians
21 would be Moslems
15 would be Hindus
6 would be Buddhists
5 would be Animists
6 would believe in other religions
14 would be without any religion or atheist.

15 would speak Chinese, Mandarin
7 English
6 Hindi
6 Spanish
5 Russian
4 Arabic
3 Bengali
3 Portuguese
The other would speak Indonesian, Japanese,
German, French, or some other language.

In such a village with so many sorts of folks, it would be very important to learn to understand people different from yourself and to accept others as they are. Of the 100 people in this village:

20 are underonurished
1 is dying of starvation, while 15 are overweight.
Of the wealth in this village, 6 people own 59% (all of them from the United States), 74 people own 39%, and 20 people share the remaining 2%.
Of the energy of this village, 20 people consume 80%, and 80 people share the remaining 20%.
20 have no clean, safe water to drink.
56 have access to sanitation
15 adults are illiterate.
1 has an university degree.
7 have computers.

In one year, 1 person in the village will die, but in the same year, 2 babies will be born, so that at the year's end the number of villagers will be 101.

If you do not live in fear of death by bombardment, armed attack, landmines, or of rape or kidnapping by armed groups, then you are more fortunate than 20, who do.

If you can speak and act according to your faith and your conscience without harassment, imprisonment, torture or death, then you are more fortunate than 48, who can not.

If you have money in the bank, money in your wallet and spare change somewhere around the house, then you are among the richest 8.

If you can read this message, that means you are probably lucky!

(The statistics were derived from Donella Meadows "State of the Village Report" first published in 1990)

Posted by Jonathan | October 4, 2006 8:36 AM

Guy Kraft commented:

> > What Happens in Heaven
> >
> > This is one of the nicest mails I have seen and is so true:
> >
> > I dreamt that I went to Heaven and an angel was showing me around. We walked side-by-side inside a large workroom filled with angels.
> >
> > My angel guide stopped in front of the first section
> > and said, "This is the Receiving Section. Here, all
> > petitions to God said in prayer are received." I
> > looked around in this area, and it was terribly busy
> > with so many angels sorting out petitions written on
> > voluminous paper sheets and scraps from people all
> > over the world. Then we moved on down a long
> > corridor until we reached the second section.
> >
> > The angel then said to me, "This is the Packaging
> > and Delivery Section. Here, the graces and blessings
> > the people asked for are processed and delivered to
> > the living persons who asked for them."
> >
> > I noticed again how busy it was there. There were
> > many angels working hard at that station, since so
> > many blessings had been requested and were being
> > packaged for delivery to Earth.
> >
> > Finally at the farthest end of the long corridor we
> > stopped at the door of a very small station. To my
> > great surprise, only one angel was seated there,
> > idly doing nothing. "This is the Acknowledgment
> > Section," my angel friend quietly admitted to me. He
> > seemed embarrassed " How is it that? There's no work
> > going on here?" I asked
> >
> > "So sad," the angel sighed. "After people receive
> > the blessings that they asked for, very few send
> > back acknowledgments.
> >
> > "How does one acknowledge God's blessings?" I asked.
> >
> > "Simple," the angel answered. "Just say, "Thank you,
> > Lord."
> >
> > "What blessings should they acknowledge?" I asked.
> >
> > "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, you are among the top 8% of the world's
> > wealthy.
> >
> > "And if you get this on your own computer, you are
> > part of the 1% in the world who has that
> > opportunity." Also ....
> >
> > "If you woke up this morning with more health than
> > illness .... you are more blessed than the many who
> > will not even survive this day.
> >
> > "If you have never experienced the fear in battle,
> > the loneliness of imprisonment, the agony of
> > torture, or the pangs of starvation ... you are
> > ahead of 700 million people in the world.
> >
> > "If you can attend a church meeting without the fear
> > of harassment, arrest, torture or death ... you are
> > envied by, and more blessed than, three billion
> > people in the world.
> >
> > "If your parents are still alive and still married
> > .. you are very rare.
> >
> > If you can hold your head up and smile, you are not
> > the norm, you are unique to all those in doubt and
> > despair."
> >
> > Ok, what now? How can I start?
> >
> > If you can read this message, you just received a
> > double blessing in that someone was thinking of you
> > as very special and you are more blessed than over
> > two billion people in the world who cannot read at
> > all.
> >
> > Have a good day, count your blessings, and if you
> > want, pass this along to remind everyone else how
> > blessed we all are.
> >
> > Attn: Acknowledge Dept.: Thank You Lord!
> >
> >
> > "Thank you Lord, for giving me the ability to share
> > this message and for giving me so many wonderful
> > people to share it with."

Posted by Guy Kraft | October 24, 2006 12:32 PM

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