Things to do with Advent/Christmas Pt 16: Count Your Blessings!
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:
>14 from the Western Hemisphere, both north and south
>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
>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.