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Wednesday, March 23, 2005

The World into a 100

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The World into a 100

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:-

60 Asians
12 Europeans
15 from the Western Hemisphere, north and south
13 Africans

73 would be non-white
27 would be white

70 would be non-Christian
30 would be Christian

95 would be heterosexual
5 would be homosexual

6 people would possess 23% of the entire world's wealth,
and all 6 would be from the United States or Europe

33 would live in substandard housing
16 would be unable to read
33 would suffer from malnutrition

(Note: There is an earlier version of these statistics which is inaccurate and has been going around the internet for some time. This is a reasonably realistic revision in accordance with official UN and other data).

Clearly we need to see the world from "zoom out." The truth is that most of us are only inclined to see the world from "zoom in," that little bit of turf and context that makes up our own life. It's understandable that this should be so in one sense for our immediate responsibilities are close at hand but if we neglect the bigger picture we are not doing anyone any favours. We live in an increasingly interdependent world. We need to engage in those actions concerning poverty, education and disease that will benefit us all, not just those who so obviously need it the most.

St. John taught that he who claimed to love God but in fact hated his brother was a liar, (1 John 4:20). Surely our faith means that we cannot continue to neglect our neighbour in his need? To respond to that need is to show our true love for God.

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