October 18, 2012
These two brief articles illustrate how a little perspective might make us see our lives in a different light.
A ”Fond Farewell” Article
When I changed Support4Change to a new format, I needed to delete some articles that didn’t fit in the new site but were too good to completely throw away. So I have moved many of them here to the blog, where they will still be available and people can find them by using tags. Enjoy.
These two short pieces were originally sidebar articles, but seemed to complement each other, so I decided place them together in this post.
REMINDERS OF HOW BLESSED WE ARE
Perhaps not all the statistics in the following are accurate, but the comparisons may hopefully cause you to think about what you have. This was forwarded to me from a friend and I don’t believe I can trace the author.
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 are more blessed than over two billion people in the world that cannot read at all.
SOME INTERESTING PERSPECTIVES ON HUMANITY — AND STATISTICS
I’ve received the following email several times from friends over the past few years. When coming across it again recently, I decided to check out some of the statistics and found an interesting urban legend site that takes the numbers apart. There is some validity to some of the numbers, but others are dramatic without facts to support them, or they are just plain wrong.
So if you have already received this as a forwarded email, you might find the comparison with other statistics to be enlightening.
I recognize, of course, that the email began circulating in approximately 2001, which means some of the statistics might be different today, but remember that the analysis of the numbers was done in 2001, so generally that gives a comparable picture to what you’ll find on the website.
Comparing the information below to that which is on the Snopes.com site may encourage you to be more careful in accepting whatever you read on the Internet.
— Arlene Harder, MFT
This is the original email:
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 this. There could 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
- 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 you consider our world from such a compressed perspective, the need for acceptance, understanding and education becomes glaringly apparent.
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