Friday, April 11, 2008

A matter of perspective

If you could fit the entire world's population into just one village consisting of 100 people, maintaining the proportions of all people living on Earth, that village would consist of:
  • 57 Asians
  • 21 Europeans
  • 14 Americans (North, South, and Central)
  • 8 Africans

There would be:

  • 52 women and 48 men
  • 30 Caucasians and 70 non-Caucasians
  • 30 Christians and 70 non-Christians
  • 89 heterosexuals and 11 homosexuals

6 people would possess 59% of the world's wealth, and they would all come from the USA.

  • 80 would live in poverty
  • 70 would be illiterate
  • 50 would suffer from hunger or malnutrition
  • 1 would be dying
  • 1 would be being born
  • 1 would own a computer
  • 1 would have a university degree

If we looked at the world this way, the need for acceptance and understanding would be obvious. So consider this:

  • If you woke up today in good health, you are better off than 100 million people who will not live through the week
  • If you have never lived through the horror of war, the solitude of prison, the pain of torture, or the desperation of starvation, then you are better off than 500 million people
  • If you can go to your place of worship without fear of being assaulted or killed, then you are better off than 3 billion people
  • If you have food in your refrigerator, clothes on your back, a roof over your head, and a place to sleep at night, you are wealthier than 75% of the world's population
  • If you have money in the bank, in your wallet, or in your pocket, then you are one of the 8 privileged few among the 100 people in the world
  • If your parents are still alive and still married, you are an extremely rare individual
  • If you are reading this, you are better off than the 2 billion people in the world who can not read

So???

  • Work like you don't need the money
  • Love like you've never been hurt
  • Dance like nobody's watching
  • Sing like nobody's listening
  • Live like this is paradise on Earth

After all, its all a matter of perspective.

Crush du Jour: Vince Corazza

9 comments:

David Dust said...

You are so right. How easy it is to forget how really lucky most of us are.

Christopher said...

Great post...funny thing about your crush du jour is that I kinda pictured that's how you looked!

TankMontreal said...

I'd hate to be that 11th homosexual.

Jeff said...

LOL @ Tank!

Seriously though, this really does put things into perspective. Brad and a couple of our friends went on a trek in Nepal last fall and one of the first things he said to me when he got back was, "We live in paradise."

Wishing you and VHG and very good weekend!

You said...

This is sooo deep. Especially after getting home from some Gay Cocktails... Meanwhile, I am absolutely shocked that such a deep person spent most of yesterday reading my superficial Blah-Blah-Blog and left such wonderfully sweet comments! It leaves me wondering whether you're really that deep after all! ;-)

RAD Homo said...

Work like you don't need the money- I WILL TRY!!!

Love like you've never been hurt- OK!!

Dance like nobody's watching- EASY! I DO THIS ALL THE TIME ANYHOW!!!

Sing like nobody's listening- DO I HAVE TOO?

Live like this is paradise on Earth- SOUNDS GOOD TO ME!

cb said...

Why didn't you also put in something about feline leukemia being the #1 killer of all domestic housecats... woah, woaaaaaaah

Time for Debbie Downer!

Gregory said...

I love it. As for being the 11th homo, the genders are unbalanced, so there are probably 7 dykes and 4 fags. And three of the fags are in a thruple, but there HAS to be someone to cheat with or they'd all get bored with each other. So take heart.

Gregory said...

I love it. As for being the 11th homo, the genders are unbalanced, so there are probably 7 dykes and 4 fags. And three of the fags are in a thruple, but there HAS to be someone to cheat with or they'd all get bored with each other. So take heart.