Thursday, December 22, 2005

Things to do with Advent/Christmas Pt 16: Count Your Blessings!

A friend just sent me this e-mail, which I think is a lesson to us all if, at any point over the next few days, we are having a bad Christmas!
It certainly seems to echo what Make Poverty History and Live 8 are all about!:


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 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% 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 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,
>even in the United States and Canada.
>
>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.

3 comments:

The Blind-Winger Jones said...

Well that certainly brings stuff into focus...

Paul Burgin said...

It certainly does

Annie Porthouse said...

i bought this book (if the world were a village) for my daughter last xmas. I have used it lots of times since, when I've done talks at church or similar (greenbelt, etc) on how rich we are and how we ought to live differently, etc.
The facts in it continue to startle everyone I show, and even myself, every time i open the book!