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By Julie Hoff, Executive Director at Daily Work

Recently, my mom sent me a little card with the following information. She said it was an excerpt from a homily she heard at church. Even with the Internet, I could not track down exactly where the information came from or how long ago it was written, although I did find some reference to it on the website for St. Louis University.

While I cannot attest to its’ complete accuracy, I found the perspective shift valuable and hope that you will find value in it, too.

The Global Village Microcosm

If you could fit the entire population of the world into a village consisting of 100 people, maintaining the proportions of all the people living on Earth, that village would consist of:

  • 57 Asians
  • 21 Europeans
  • 14 Americans (North, Central and South)
  • 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 wealth and they would all come from the U.S.A.
  • I looked up the part about where the wealthiest people come from…right now, 4 of 6 come from the U.S.A. The other two come from Europe and Latin America.
  • 80 would live in poverty 70 would be illiterate
  • 50 would suffer from hunger and malnutrition
  • 1 would be dying and 1 would be being born
  • 1 would own a computer
  • 1 would have a university degree

  • If you woke up this morning in good health, you have more luck than one million people, who won’t live through the week.
  • If you have never experienced the horror of war, the solitude of prison, the pain of torture, were not close to death from starvation, then you are better off than 500 million people.
  • If you can go to your place of worship without fear that someone will assault or kill you, then you are luckier than 3 billion (that’s right) people.
  • If you have a full fridge, clothes on your back, a roof over your head and a place to sleep, you are wealthier than 75% of the world’s population.
  • If you can read this message you don’t comprise one of the 2 billion people in the world who cannot read.
  • If you currently have money in the bank, in your wallet and a few coins in your purse, you are one of 8 of the privileged few amongst the 100 people in this global village.

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