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STATE OF THE VILLAGE
If the world were a village
of only 100 people, there would be:
The people of the village
would have considerable difficulty communicating:
people from Central and South America, Mexico and the
from the USA and Canada, and
person from Australia or New Zealand.
list accounts for less than half the villagers. The
others speak (in descending order of frequency) Bengali,
Portuguese, Indonesian, Japanese, German, French, and 200
people would speak Mandarin,
people would speak Hindi/Urdu,
In the village there would
In this 100-person
Nonreligious, Agnostics, or Atheists,
all other religions.
would live in substandard housing.
adults live in the village; and half of them would be
would suffer from malnutrition.
would not have access to clean, safe drinking water.
people would not have any electricity.
Of the 76 that do have
electricity, most would use it only for light at night.
In the village would be 42
radios, 24 televisions, 14 telephones, and 7 computers (some villagers own more than one
people would own an automobile (some of them more than one).
people would possess 32% of the entire village’s wealth, and
these would all be from the USA.
poorest one-third of the people would receive only 3% of the
income of the village.
The following is also
something to ponder...
If you woke up this morning
healthy ... you are more blessed than the million who will
If you have never experienced
the danger of battle, the fear and loneliness of
agony of torture, or the pain of starvation ... you are
better off than 500 million people
If you have food in the
refrigerator, clothes on your back, a roof overhead and a
place to sleep ... you
are more comfortable than 75% of the people in this world.
If you have money in the bank,
in your wallet, and spare change in a dish someplace ...
are among the top 8% of the world's wealthy.
If you can read this, you are
more blessed than over two billion people in the world who
cannot read at all.
When one considers our
world from such a compressed perspective, it becomes both
evident and vital that education, acceptance and compassion
are essential for the progress of humankind.
Original version by Donella