Food for thought...
December 12, 2004 02:50AM
This was sent to me by a friend recently, and although a bit long perhaps, it is another thing worth thinking about and remembering at this time of year...

Here is some Food for Thought

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 would be 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
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 (unforgivable!!! as there is enough food in the world to feed everyone..., hunger is a distribution problem)
(ONE) 1 would be near death;
(ONE) 1 would be near birth;
(ONE) 1 (yes, only 1) would have a college education;
(ONE) 1 (yes, only 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.
And, therefore . . .
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 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 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 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 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 your parents are still alive and still married, you are very rare, even in North America.
If you can hold someone's hand, hug them, or even touch them on the shoulder, you are blessed because you can offer healing touch.
If you hold up your head with a smile on your face and are truly thankful, you are blessed because the majority can, but most do not.

If you can read this message, you have 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 who cannot read at all.
As we sit down with family or friends during the upcoming holiday, no matter what challenges we are facing, it helps to remember that we have MUCH to be thankful for. We also need to take action to understand and change the economic injustices which created and support our overabundance of wealth at the possible expense of others..

So if Christmas preparations are wearing you down, think about this and you should instead feel lucky!!
Kaye.winking smiley
Re: Food for thought...
December 12, 2004 10:39AM
This is so wonderful Kaye. I copied it to email and mailed it to just about everyone in my address book. It is so very true.sad smileysad smiley?:-(
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