Submitted by Robert B. Warwick
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
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
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.
The following is an anonymous interpretation:
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
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 truly 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!
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