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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:
57 Asians
21 Europeans
14 from the Western Hemisphere, both north and
south
8 would be Africans
52 would be female
48 would be male
70 would be non-white
30 would be white
70 would be non-Christian
30 would be Christian
89 would be heterosexual
11 would be homosexual

6 people would possess 59% of the entire world’s
wealth and all 6 would be from the United States.
80 would live in substandard housing
70 would be unable to read
50 would suffer from malnutrition
(ONE)1 would be near death;
(ONE)1 would be near birth;
(ONE)1 (yes, only 1) would have a college
education;
(ONE)1 (yes, only 1) would own a computer.

When one considers our world from such a
compressed perspective, the need for acceptance,
understanding and education becomes glaringly
apparent.

And, therefore . . .
If you have food in the refrigerator, clothes on your
back, a roof overhead and a place to sleep, you are
richer than 75% of this world.

If you woke up this morning with more health than
illness, you are more blessed than the million who
will not survive this week.

If you have money in the bank, in your wallet, and
spare change in a dish someplace, you are among
the top 8% of the world’s wealthy.

If you can attend a church meeting without fear of
harassment, arrest, torture, or death, you are more
blessed than three billion people in the world.

If you have never experienced the danger of battle,
the loneliness of imprisonment, the agony of
torture, or the pangs of starvation, you are ahead
of 500 million people in the world.

If you hold up your head with a smile on your face
and are truly thankful, you are blessed because
the majority can, but most do not.

If you can read this message, you are more
blessed than over two billion people in the world
who cannot read at all.

As you read this and are reminded how life is in
the rest of the world, remember just how blessed
you really are!

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