The full population of the world is about 7.8 billion people despite wars, disease, and brutality. A lot of people. You are one of these people.
My godfather inspired me to write this post with something he sent me for Christmas. It was one of those emails you are supposed to pass on to your friends and family. Instead, I thought I would incorporate it into my tiny little blog and pass it onto the world in hopes of touching more people than I know.
If you split the world’s population into villages of 100 people each, maintaining the proportions of all the people living on Earth, each village would consist of
- 57 Asians
- 21 Europeans
- 14 Americans (North America, Central America, and South America)
- 8 Africans
- 52 women and 48 men
- 30 Caucasians and 70 non-Caucasians
- 30 Christians and 70 non-Christians
- 89 Heterosexuals
- 11 Homosexuals
- 6 would possess 59% of the wealth and every one of those 6 would come from the United States of America
- 80 would live in poverty
- 70 would be illiterate
- 1 would be dying
- 1 would be being born
- 1 would own a computer
- 1 (yes, only 1 in the 100) would have a university degree
If we looked at the world in this way, in terms of every 100 people, the need for acceptance and understanding would be obvious. Should be obvious.
If you woke up this morning in good health, you have more luck than one million people who won’t live through the week. This is true even when there is not a global pandemic.
If you have never experienced the horror of war, the solitude of prison, the pain of torture, were not close to death from starvation, you are better off than 500 million people.
If you can go to a place of worship without fear that someone will assault or kill you, then you are luckier than 3 BILLION people. That’s right. 3 BILLION.
If you have a full fridge, clothes on your back, a roof over your head and a place to sleep, you are wealthier than 75% of the world’s population.
And if you can read this, you are better off than the 2 billion people who can’t read at all.
LOVE like nobody has ever hurt you
DANCE like nobody is watching
SING like nobody is listening
LIVE as if this were paradise on Earth
Share this with those you care for. Bypass those who are determined to see the worst in the world no matter what. Love, compassion, gratitude, and kindness are the only things that will cure your soul and the world’s ills.
If you don’t share this, nothing will happen. If you do, someone might smile, might feel happier, might try a more positive approach to this life and maybe your love and healing will trickle into the entire village.
Have a fabulous day.