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The World as a village


The World as a village

If you were to  reduce the whole of mankind (Jan. 2021: ~7,850,000,000 people; each year approximately 80 million more) to a village of 100 inhabitants, but keep the proportions of the total population,  this village would be arranged as follows:

61 Asians (incl. 19 Chinese and 18 Indian) 
13 Africans
12 Europeans
 8 US Americans/Canadians
 5 Latin Americans
 1 Australian/Oceanian

There would be:
50 women and 50 men
30 whites and 70 non-whites
33 Christians, 21 Muslims, 13 Hindus, 6 Buddhists, 1 Sikhs, 1 Jewish
    11 practice other religions and 14 are non-religious or Atheists
17 Chinese-speaking, 9 English, 8 Hindi, 6 Russian, 6 Spanish,
     4 Arabic-speaking and 50 speakers of other languages
89 heterosexuals and 11 homosexuals 

 6 people would own 59% of the entire wealth
80 would have sub-standard housing
30 would have always enough to eat
12 would have a PC
 1 (only one) would have an academic qualification
 1 would be dying
 2 women would have a child "on the way"


If you see the world from this view, it becomes clear that there is a need for mutual  understanding and acceptance and for education.

You should also consider the following:

If you woke up healthy this morning and not ill, you are luckier than the 1 million people who didn't and will die in the next week.

If you do'nt live in fear of death by bombardment, armed attack, landmines, or of rape or kidnapping by armed groups, then you are luckier than 1.6 billion people in the world.
If you  can freely express your opinion or go into a church (if you want) without the fear that to you are threatened with arrest or death, then  you are luckier than 3.75 billion people in the world.

If you possess a refrigerator with food, have access to clean water and electricity, have clothing, a roof over your head and a clean bed to sleep in,  then you are richer than 75% of the inhabitants of this world.

If your parents are still alive and are still married, you are an exception.

It was once said:
Work, as if you do not need money.
Love, as if you have never been hurt by someone.
Dance, as if nobody is waching.
Sing, as if nobody is listening.
Live, as if paradise is here on earth.


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