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Daze of our lives...

All sorts of nonsense happens in the course of the day... good, bad, indifferent... whatever. Thoughts spring to mind, shit happens, things work out, but often don't... usually I have no idea of what's going to happen beforehand and perhaps its better that way. Anyway, just a little of what's going on and a way of clearing my mind... Read on at your own risk.

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OK, not all that much to tell... just a slightly insane, very tired but reasonably perceptive guy who's life is filled with "why's" and never knowing why...

Monday, July 03, 2006

Counting one's blessings

(taken from http://www.coping.org/write/percept/logic.htm...)

If earth's population was shrunk into a village of just 100 people with all the human ratios existing in the world still remaining what would this tiny, diverse village look like?

That's exactly what Phillip M. Harter, a medical doctor at the Stanford University School of Medicine, attempted to figure out. This is what he found.:

57 would be Asian
21 would be European
14 would be from the Western Hemisphere
8 would be African
52 would be female;
48 would be male
70 would be nonwhite;
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 percent 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 pregnant
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 over...

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 are more blessed than over two billion people in the world that cannot read at all.

I suspect that a thankful heart is its own gift in some ways...

Keep well...


Liesl said...

Beautiful post. It makes you reconsider all your own problems...

03 July, 2006 16:46  
Vengelyne said...

Lovely entry...

Ok, I shall stop picking on the things I have and craving for what isn't necessary... :|

03 July, 2006 18:21  
fineartist said...

This was cool Bart, thanks.

03 July, 2006 20:01  
Sir James E. Watkins said...

Yes. Yes it does. You have done a wonderful thing by posting this. Thank you.

~ James

03 July, 2006 20:18  
fineartist said...

This was cool Bart, thanks.

03 July, 2006 20:23  
doris said...

Cheryl has adopted your post so I shall comment on both blogs.

Excellent post - it certainly puts the white western person into perspective.

How awful that 80% of this mythical village would be in substandard housing and as much as half would have malnutrition. Nothing like the gorgeous pic!

No matter what troubles and woes we have, if we are able to be online and reading this we have much to be grateful for.

I think the more we have the more difficult we make it for ourselves. Humans are so complex.

Thank you for your thought provoking post. I'm giving thanks right now :-)

04 July, 2006 11:49  
Miss Cellania said...

I came here from Cheryl's site. This is great! Thanks.

04 July, 2006 14:17  
zilla said...

Think I might like to print this and post it to the door of our very full refrigerator.

04 July, 2006 16:00  
beckyboop said...

It certainly is enough to make any of us get off the pitty pot.

You keep well too.

04 July, 2006 18:16  
Raggedy said...

That was a beautiful post. Thank you!

04 July, 2006 23:34  
Alina said...

Thoughts like this are welcome to reach one when one is feeling unhappy and displeased with life, possesions and daily nonsense. Thank you, Bart, for this reminder!

05 July, 2006 07:35  
John said...

Perspective is so important in any kind of art -- in this case, the art of living. Thank you *so* much for encouraging me to step back, take a deep breath, think ... and then move ahead in a good direction.

05 July, 2006 11:01  
pepektheassassin said...

Thanks for this!

05 July, 2006 17:41  
Milamber said...

Thinking about such things from time to time puts one's life in perspective. We all think our lives are so bad, but in fact we are the lucky ones. I just wish everyone could be as lucky as we are someday...

05 July, 2006 19:20  

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