The world in a village

By Paulo Coelho

This statistic, which buzzes around the Internet, has be published in numerous places across the world:

If it were possible to reduce the population of the entire world to 100 inhabitants, maintaining the proportions of people which currently exist in the world, it would be made up as follows:

57 Asians
21 Europeans
14 Americans (North, Central and South)
8 Africans
52 would be women
48 men
70 non-white
30 white
89 would be heterosexual
11 homosexual
6 people would possess 59% of the world’s wealth
80 would dwell in inhabitable housing
50 would suffer from malnutrition
1 would have a computer
1 (yes, just one) would have a university degree

And consider this: if you are more healthy than sick, you are luckier than a million people who will not see next week. If you never experienced the danger of battle, the loneliness of prison, the agony of torture, the pain of hunger, you are luckier than 500 million of the world’s inhabitants.

If you have food in the fridge, clothes in your closet, a roof over your head, a place to sleep, then consider yourself richer than 75% of the world’s inhabitants.

If you have money in the bank, a wallet or some loose change lying around somewhere, consider yourself among those with the best quality of life in the world.

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Comments

  1. Olta Ana says:

    I keep thanking God for being healthy, for giving me the possibility to see, to hear, to walk on my feet, to talk, to think.
    For letting me know so much things, for helping me in each step I make.
    For having the possibility to continue my studies and enjoying my time.
    For having a place to call home, a family to love, for never suffering hunger or thirst.
    I feel so lucky for having all that, but still I had no idea that the number of those who are not as lucky as me were so many.
    I always used to feel lucky for having enough and for not having too much. It is really hard for me to imagine my life otherwise, even though I know I should sometimes, but still now that I am thinking about all those people… It is shocking ! A world without love and compassion in such circumstances, would be better to not exist, because it would worth nothing.

  2. nho(spain) says:

    Cuenta hasta 10 ………. unas 20 nuevas personas han nacido en la Tierra, pero solo 1 de 10 vivirá, así durante las 24 horas.

    Pensando quizás es la única manera que nos interesa para sobrevivir, obtener una sociedad “perfecta” y de elite, ante otros que están descartados por la naturaleza.

    Si todos tuviéramos la misma oportunidad, tendríamos suficiente espacio?
    Tendríamos suficiente alimento, agua, combustible?

    Algunas personas piensan que el mejor medio de “censar” nuestra población son las guerras y las enfermedades.
    Me parece un pensamiento un poco macabro, aunque no colaboren para que sea la situación, muchas de esas personas no podrían soportar ver un niño desnutrido delante de sus ojos, solo por piedad.

    Las estadísticas son totales cuando sabemos que si las cosas siguen así, dentro de 30 años necesitaríamos 2 planetas para recursos y viviendas, porque la Tierra no tendría suficiente recursos (según el periódico de ayer).

    Mi opinión:
    Cuantos Einstein, Marie Curies, Premios Noveles y Genios han podido morir por esas estadísticas?
    Veo más provechoso extender metas más conquistadoras, realizándonos en el Espacio que estar viviendo en la miseria y en la Tierra.

    Me gustaría pensar que la Tierra conociera igual por Continente, explorando el lado espiritual y científico de nuestro Universo.
    No creo que nuestros enemigos sean de nuestra propia especie.

  3. Nelson D'Silva says:

    I received a e-mail from a friend which I want to share with you’ll –

    A group of alumni, highly established in their careers, got together to visit their old university professor. Conversation soon turned into complaints about stress in work and life.

    Offering his guests tea, the professor went to the kitchen and returned with a large pot of tea and an assortment of cups – porcelain, plastic, glass, crystal, some plain looking, some
    expensive, some exquisite – telling them to help themselves to the tea.

    When all the students had a cup of tea in hand, the professor said:

    “If you noticed, all the nice looking expensive cups were taken up, leaving behind the plain and cheap ones. While it is normal for you to want only the best for yourselves, that is the source of your problems and stress.

    Be assured that the cup itself adds no quality to the tea. In most cases it is just more expensive and in some cases even hides what we drink.

    What all of you really wanted was tea, not the cup, but you consciously went for the best cups. And then you began eyeing each other’s cups.

    Now consider this: Life is the tea; the jobs, money and position in society are the cups. They are just tools to hold and contain Life, and the type of cup we have does not define, nor change the quality of Life we live.

    Sometimes, by concentrating only on the cup, we fail to enjoy the tea God has provided us.”

    God brews the tea, not the cups. Enjoy your tea!

    “The happiest people don’t have the best of everything. They just make the best of everything.”

    Live simply. Love generously. Care deeply. Speak kindly. Leave the rest to God.

  4. Nelson D'Silva says:

    Nothing more to add Jessica, you said it all….God Bless.

    Love,
    Nelson

  5. aditya says:

    almost all of us who post their views here have a computer and access to internet, we all are amongst that 1 person, lucky us no! really ?

    despair can lead to depression, as they say, count your blessings when u are feeling low.
    aditya

  6. Monika says:

    …nevertheless the suicidal rate declines in times of war.

  7. THELMA says:

    Whenever we read statistics, our optimism makes us think that for us there will be an .. exception, or that we will be the ‘lucky’ of the catalog ot that they do not concern us. I think this attitude is a shield our mind uses in order to be able for us to continue ‘fighting’ and proceed in our Path. It is the same ‘illusion’ that we try to have by forgetting our mortality.
    LOVE,
    THELMA

  8. Olga says:

    Sometimes I feel selfish and I like it. The good thing is that it is only sometimes. Sometimes I need it and they need me to be like that… sometimes.

  9. El Dormido says:

    We are blinded by what we can see. We don’t realize what is going on over the hill, across the river, in the next barrio. We wonder what that guy is saying, that accent so thick we wish he knew how to speak out language better so he can make himself understood to us. We don’t understand the cost it took for him to get to where he is today, we only think how ignorant and unfortunate he is. We don’t see beyond the end of the noses on our faces, and those who would tell us different have deadlines to meet, budgets, profit margins, agendas. Were can we find the truth in walking in another man’s shoes? The pastor only wants to save the man’s soul and nothing more. But someone said that true religion is to do justice, love mercifully and walk humbly before God.

    My people only want to know what you want to do about your problem and how we can help.

  10. JB says:

    That is an absolutely fascinating breakdown. I only wish more people could read and see this.

  11. nho(spain) says:

    Cuenta hasta 10 ………. unas 20 nuevas personas han nacido en la Tierra, pero solo 1 de 10 vivirá, así durante las 24 horas.

    Pensando quizás es la única manera que nos interesa para sobrevivir, obtener una sociedad “perfecta” y de elite, ante otros que están descartados por la naturaleza.

    Si todos tuviéramos la misma oportunidad, tendríamos suficiente espacio?
    Tendríamos suficiente alimento, agua, combustible?

    Algunas personas piensan que el mejor medio de “censar” nuestra población son las guerras y las enfermedades.
    Me parece un pensamiento un poco macabro, aunque no colaboren para que sea la situación, muchas de esas personas no podrían soportar ver un niño desnutrido delante de sus ojos, solo por piedad.

    Las estadísticas son totales cuando sabemos que si las cosas siguen así, dentro de 30 años necesitaríamos 2 planetas para recursos y viviendas, porque la Tierra no tendría suficiente recursos (según el periódico de ayer).

    Mi opinión:
    Cuantos Einstein, Marie Curies, Premios Noveles y Genios han podido morir por esas estadísticas?
    Veo más provechoso extender metas más conquistadoras, realizándonos en el Espacio que estar viviendo en la miseria y en la Tierra.

    Me gustaría pensar que la Tierra conociera igual por Continente, explorando el lado espiritual y científico de nuestro Universo.
    No creo que nuestros enemigos sean de nuestra propia especie.

  12. Heart says:

    One of the Human Rights, (http://www.un.org/Overview/rights.html)is having the right to work. At a meeting with Department of Economic Security on replacement of unemployed workers, they informed that the ratio on applications for a position in this area of the USA, has gone from 8 to 1, to 80 to 1, in just a few months. Unemployment rises fast, and with it serious problems. Everybody having a job should see themselves as very fortunate.

  13. Joël says:

    Lucky me, to be honest i don’t still realise to be
    lucky,i find always a reason to complain.
    I have to live in Congo to realise to survive for
    everything. Were i live, we are thinking that everything
    is evident. Like water ,electricity and gas what should we do without these things