This Will Put Things in Perspective in a Hurry
My friend Terri sent me this rather astonishing litany of statistics that certainly put the privilege and miraculousness of my life in perspective. I couldn’t find any source for this “Lightning in a Jar.” We know how things can go viral these days and I can’t vouch for the facts, but the perspective is enlightening and encouraging.
If you could fit the entire population of the world into a village consisting of 100 people, maintaining the proportions of all the people living on Earth, that village would consist of:
14 Americans (North, Central and South)
52 women and 48 men
30 Caucasians and 70 non-Caucasians
30 Christians and 70 non-Christians
89 heterosexuals and 11 gay/lesbian/bi-sexual/transgender
6 people would possess 59% of the wealth and they would all come from the USA
80 would live in poverty
70 would be illiterate
50 would suffer from hunger and malnutrition
1 would be dying
1 would be being born
1 would own a computer
1 (yes, only one) would have a university degree
If we looked at the world in this way, the need for acceptance and understanding would be obvious.
But consider again the following:
If you woke up this morning in good health, you have more luck than one million people who won’t live through the week.
If you have never experienced the horror of war, the solitude of prison, the pain of torture, were not close to death from starvation, then you are better off than 500 million people.
If you can go to your place of worship without fear that someone will assault or kill you, then you are luckier than 3 billion (that’s right) people.
If you have a full fridge, clothes on your back, a roof over your heard, and a place to sleep, you are wealthier than 75% of the world’s population.
If you currently have money in the bank, in your wallet, and a few coins in your purse, you are one of the 8 of privileged few amongst the 100 people in the world.
If your parents are still alive and still married, you’re a rare individual.
If someone sent you this message, you’re extremely lucky, because someone is thinking of you and because you don’t comprise of the 2 billion people who can’t read.
Work like you don’t need the money.
Love like nobody has ever hurt you.
Dance like nobody is watching.
Sing like nobody is listening.
Live as if this as paradise on Earth.
Send this message to your friends.
Bypass those who are determined to see the worse in the world no matter what.
If you don’t send it, nothing will happen.
If you do send it, someone might smile while they are reading it, and that will be a positive.
And apart from that, simply have a nice day.