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The World
as a village

If you were to  reduce the whole of mankind (in the year 2001 about 6,200,000,000 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:

57 Asians (incl. 21 Chinese and 16 Indian) 
21 Europeans (incl. 3 Russian/Ukrainian)
9 Latin Americans
8 Africans
5 US Americans/Canadians
0 Australian/Oceanian

There would be:
52 women and 48 men
30 whites and 70 non-whites
30 Christians and 70 Non-Christians
89 heterosexuals and 11 homosexuals 

5 people would own 59% of the entire wealth
80 would have sub-standard housing
70 would be illiterate
50 would be underfed
1 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 have never experienced war, nor the isolation of imprisonment, nor the agony of torture, nor hunger, then you are luckier than 500 million 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 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 most of the inhabitants of this world.

If you have a bank account, money in your wallet and change in your pocket, then you belong to the  wealthier 8% of people in this world.

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

If you can read this message, then you are twice blessed: On the one hand because someone thought  enough of you to send it, and on the other hand because you do not belong to the 2 billion people who can not read.

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.

With this in mind all the best and good luck

                 Brigitte & Heinz


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