I received this in an e-mail from a co-worker. It really made me stop and think about how blessed I am. I hope you are equally blessed.
If the world were a village of 100 people
If we could shrink the earth's population to a village of 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.
87 would be heterosexual; 11 would be homosexua
l6 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 collage education;
1 would own a computer
When one considers our world from such a compressed perspective, the need for justice becomes glaringly apparent.
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.