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GLOBAL PERSPECTIVE May 30, 2007 5:11 PM

DEAR BROTHERS & SISTERS ... THIS GLOBAL PERSPECTIVE PUTS OUR WORLD INTO A PERSPECTIVE MORE EASILY UNDERSTOOD.

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, and 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.

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:

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.

THUS & SO:

It's National Friendship Week. Send this to everyone you consider a FRIEND. Pass this on and brighten someone's day. Nothing will happen if you do not decide to pass it along. The only thing that will happen, if you DO pass it on is that someone might smile because of you.

E Ma Ho! How wonderful! Sarva Mangalam ... with some profound thought and contemplation of all of this, putting us into a more realistic Global Perspective ... All is Auspicious! Please my friends, let us absorb this and carry it! Please, Let us make PRAYER!

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