Just a thought.........

  1. A good friend of mine who is on a working holiday is australia at the moment, emailed me this. I thought it was quite wonderful, so I thought I'd share it with all who wanted to read it:

    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 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.
    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 would own a computer

    When one considers our world from such a compressed perspective, the need for acceptance, understanding and education becomes glaringly apparent.

    The following is also something to ponder...

    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 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 more blessed than three billion people in the world.

    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.
    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.

    Someone once said:

    What goes around comes around.
    > > Work like you don't need the money.
    > > Love like you've never been hurt.
    > > Dance like nobody's watching.
    > > Sing like nobody's listening.
    > > Live like it's Heaven on Earth.

    It's National Friendship Week. Send this to everyone you consider a FRIEND.
    Pass this on, and brighten someone's day.
    Nothing will happen if you do not decide to pass it along.
    The only thing that will happen, if you DO pass it on, is that
    someone might smile because of you.
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  2. 18 Comments

  3. by   jnette
    Very thoughtprovoking, indeed.

    Thank you, Friend !
  4. by   gwenith
    Thank -you Bess
  5. by   jenac
    Puts things in perspective. Thank you Bess.
  6. by   dawngloves
    11% of the world population is homosexual? I think that's a little high. But maybe some people are afraid to admit to this ? Anyone have any figures?

    And I am feelin' mighty poor as my wallet is empty, I bounced a check and that spare change has gotta hold me until next payday!But hey!I made the mortgage payment and had a nice dinner!
  7. by   MelRN13
    Great way to put it in perspective Bess! It's hard to see those stats in black and white. Thanks for the inspiration to be a better person.
  8. by   yannadey
    Thanks for sharing it did make me smile.
  9. by   dosamigos76
    Thanks for posting this. It is sometimes so hard to remember that most of the world does not live like we do and don't have the advantages we have.
    Cheryl
  10. by   Repat
    I looked you up in the members list, after seeing your little "location" quote. I lived in the UK for 15 years, and I must say that I met your opinion all the time over there (SO glad to be back with my rich counterparts). Too bad you can't reread what you wrote here -
  11. by   Good_Queen_Bess
    Quote from Repat
    I looked you up in the members list, after seeing your little "location" quote. I lived in the UK for 15 years, and I must say that I met your opinion all the time over there (SO glad to be back with my rich counterparts). Too bad you can't reread what you wrote here -
    Can't understand what you mean. It's a joke. Are you serious?
  12. by   Repat
    Funny - not....
  13. by   Good_Queen_Bess
    Quote from Repat
    Funny - not....
    Oh well, I've never come across anybody complaining about it before! What is so offensive about it? Please tell me. I know that American's take the piss out of the British as much as we take out of American's (watch any Hollywood film). My friend was over in America last year (he's a nurse), and someone offered him a sales job. My friend is no salesperson, but this guy told him that because of his English accent, he could sell anything. You might not think the joke's funny, but it's all meant in good humour. Lighten up!
  14. by   Repat
    I think that was meant as a compliment - Americans associate British accents with sincerity and honesty. I have heard all the "jokes" before, and yes, I never complained. But I used to think you all would say these things to me about Americans (they are greedy and naive, for example) because you thought Americans were too dumb to know that they were being insulted. Now I know, it's you all that don't know any better. Yes, it is insulting to be portrayed as gullible and "ripe for the picking". It is not funny, and if that is too PC for you, sorry, but I thought I would just have to let my feelings known.

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