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World Reality Check

There are now seven billion people on earth and many of them are hungry. Nearly 3 billion people—half of the world's population—live on less than $2 a day.

Most food comes from the middle latitudes, between 30 and 55. Recent studies of weather patterns show that climate change is causing the middle latitudes to have more extreme weather conditions. A combination of conditions such as water and fuel shortages, storms, unusual heat, cold and flooding, are causing food supplies and prices to become unstable. Rising food costs affect the poor disproportionately, and many are starving.

Polar ice caps are quickly melting and the warming water also expands. As the northern ice melts oceans will rise several feet and displace hundreds of thousands of people in China alone. If the southern ice also melts it will be far worse.

Peak oil” is a term used to indicate that basically more than half of all oil has been taken from the earth. Most of this oil has been consumed by the American and European nations. However, worldwide energy consumption is expected to grow 53 percent between 2008 and 2035, and half of that growth will come from just China and India.

The fuel shortages of the ‘70s were only the beginning of a looming problem. Estimates are that present fossil fuel reserves could sustain less that one third of the current population at current energy consumption levels. Wind power, solar, hydrogen, nuclear, and all alternative energy sources combined are apparently insufficient to sustain current demands anytime soon. Scientists have shown us through quantum physics that at the subatomic level, everything  is pure energy. So theoretically energy shortages should be temporary. Perhaps only when we learn not to use it against each other and against the environment, will our energy problems be resolved.

Food and fuel shortages have political implications. So far, anyone attempting to present these issues realistically has resulted in political suicide. Denial and deficits have been the way to remain in office. But we can climb out on that limb only so far.

Rising costs of food and fuel means increasing desperation and competition, and an ever-widening gap between the haves and have-nots. A dwindling middle class has increased sentiment to "throw the rascals out," which is being met with stricter rule of law. Can we find a new way? 

If the old, unsustainable paradigm is coming to an end, then the interesting question is what will the new paradigm look like? 

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If you feel you are having a bad day... this should put things into perspective: 
If we could shrink the population of the earth to a village of precisely 100 people, 
with all the existing human ratios remaining the same, 
it would look something like the following.

There would be: 

57 Asians 
21 Europeans 
14 from the Western Hemisphere, 
(both north and south) 
8 Africans 

52 would be female 
48 would be male 

70 would be non-white 
30 would be white 

70 would be non-Christian 
30 would be Christian 

89 would be heterosexual 
11 would be homosexual 

6 people would possess 59% of the entire world's wealth 
and all 6 would be from the United States. 

80 would live in substandard housing 
70 would be unable to read 
50 would suffer from malnutrition 
1 would be near death; 1 would be near birth 
1 (yes, only 1) would have a college education 
1 would own a computer 

When one considers our world from such a compressed perspective, the need 
for acceptance, understanding and education becomes glaringly apparent. 

The following points are also something else to ponder... 

If you woke up this morning with more health than illness... 
you are more blessed than the million who will not survive this week. 

If you have never experienced the danger of battle, the loneliness of imprisonment, 
the agony of torture, or the pangs of starvation ... 
you are ahead of 500 million people in the world. 

If you can attend a church meeting without fear of harassment, arrest, torture, 
or death...you are more blessed than three billion people in the world. 

If you have food in the refrigerator, clothes on your back, a roof overhead 
and a place to sleep...you are richer than 75% of this world. 

If you have money in the bank, in your wallet, and spare change in a dish somewhere ... 
you are among the top 8% of the worlds wealthy. 

If your parents are still alive and still married ... you are very rare. 

If you can read this message, you just received a double blessing in that 
someone was thinking of you, and furthermore, you are more blessed 
than over two billion people in the world that cannot read at all.

 

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