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Counting your Blessings

>> > If we could shrink the earth's population 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 is also something 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 someplace ... you are among the top 8% of >> > the world's wealthy. >> > >> > If your parents are still alive and still married ... you are very >>rare, >> > even in the United States and Canada. >> > >> > 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. >> > >> > Someone once said: What goes around comes around. >> > >> > Work like you don't need the money. >> > Love like you've never been hurt. >> > Dance like nobody's watching. >> > Sing like nobody's listening. >> > Live like it's Heaven on Earth. >> >