Wednesday, 17 June 2009

What a wonderful world?

If the population of the earth was reduced to that of a small town with 100 residents it would consist of:

57 Asians 21 Europeans 14 Americans(North and South) 8 Africans.

52 would be female and 48 male.

30 would be caucasians and 70 non caucasians

89 would be heterosexuals and 11 homosexuals

6 would own 59% of the world's wealth and they would all be from the USA.

80 would have bad living conditions

70 would be uneducated

1 would die

2 would be born

1 would have a computer

1 will have higher education.

When you look at the world from this point of view you can see there is a real need for compassion, understanding, patience and education.

This morning, if you woke up healthy, or woke up at all, then you are happier than the 1 million people who will not survive the week.

If you have never suffered a war,the horror of a prison cell, the agony of torture or hunger you are happier that 500 million people in the world.

If you can practice your religion without fear of prison or death you are happier than 3 million people in the world.

If there is food in your fridge, you have shoes and clothes, you have a bed and a roof, you are richer than 75% of the people in the world.

If you have a bank account, money in your wallet or some coins in your pocket you belong to the 8% of the people in the world who are well to do.

If you are reading this you are thrice blessed because:

you don't belong to the 200 million people that cannot read

you have access to a computer

someone thinks that you are intelligent enough and compassionate enough to do something about the situation!


  1. And the Americans would have 49 guns...

  2. And Labour would have 70 postal votes.

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  4. Ooops i meant angle not angel..

    Huh trust Scunnet to come up with that lol

  5. Sorry i deleted my first comment, to many mistakes in it..
    ...Okay here goes...
    Hmmm, i have never looked at the world from this angle but its a great and simple way of viewing it.

    So in short. The world is an unbalanced place in which to live and the few hold the balance of wealth.

    It amazes me my flat mate complains when i eat summit of his yet our fridge and freezer are always full. We always have clean running water, heat, clothes, electricity, lots of gadgets, both educated, both in jobs, both of us have freedom of speech, have the freedom to join a religion yet both of us moan when one of us have to get up and answer the phone.

    Life is a bitch but for the many its just about surviving from one day to another on a pittance and in many instances under extreme danger.

    Welcome to planet Earth,... planet of extremes.


  6. AMW

    You've summed up the union dividend very nicely there, spook, but, seriously, just think if the money spent on swords and wars over the past century had been invested in ploughs and peace how very different the figures would be.

  7. Aw shucks. I wish i was more like you and less like me.

    I'm a total cnut.

  8. naldo,

    If that really were the case, you could console yourself with the fact that you're part of the 6% who own 59% of the wealth.

  9. And more guns than you can shake at a Mexican.

  10. Conan,

    If they've got access to so many guns I can see the Asian percentage going down.

  11. Interesting post brownlie; certainly made me think. Good addition from Spook too.

  12. That's a pretty good idea!!!