We now live in a world with more then 7 billion people. And if we could condense this population of 7 billion into a single village of 100 people, the results would look something like this…
- There would be 50 males and 50 females.
- There would be 26 children and 74 adults.
- There would be 60 Asians, 15 Africans, 11 Europeans, and 14 people from the Western Hemisphere.
- There would be 70 non-whites, and 30 whites.
- There would be 70 non-Christians, and 30 Christians.
- Over 10% of the village would identify themselves as gay.
- More than half of the village’s wealth would rest in the hands of just 6 people, all of them United States citizens.
- Likely 83 villagers would be able to read and write, and 17 would not.
- Only 7 villagers would have a college degree, 22 would have computers, and there would be a total of 77 cell phones – although some villagers would own more than one of these.
- There would be 1 villager dying of starvation, 15 would be undernourished, 21 would be overweight.
- 1 person would be living with HIV/AIDS.
- About 77 villagers would have regular shelter from the wind and rain, while 23 would not.
- 83 villagers would have access to clean drinking water, while 17 would not.
Despite the physical and digital boundaries we continue to build around ourselves, the fact remains that we are not one race, one religion, or one population. We are one people, inhabiting this world together – a world that calls for our compassion and goodwill towards all.
We are humbly reminded that the lives of those around us are in fact our own lives, and that the good that we do in the real world is the good that we do for ourselves. We also realize how fortunate most of us are today – if we wake up underneath a roof, have a breakfast to eat, have access to books and computers, and have freedom to move, speak and love who we want to love – than we are truly lucky. When we awaken to the blessings of our own existence, focusing on what we do have instead of what we lack, than we can begin to see beyond our own walls, begin to address the needs of others, and begin to celebrate our diversity instead of fearing our differences.
Research obtained from 100people.org and nationsonline.org.