Saturday, November 20, 2004

Ratios and proportions

This is kind of dated now, but it really puts a lot of things into perspective. Give it a read one more time:

If we could shrink the earth’s population to a village of 100 people, with all the existing human ratios remaining the same, it would look like this:

57 Asian
21 European
14 from the Western Hemisphere (north and south)
8 African

52 would be female
48 would be male

70 would be non-white, 30 white

70 would be non-Christian, 30 would be Christian

59 percent of the entire world’s wealth would be in the hands of only 6 citizens of the United States

80 would live in (what North Americans would consider) substandard housing

70 would be unable to read

50 would suffer from malnutrition

1 would be near death, 1 would be near birth

Only 1 would have a college education
And only 1 would own a computer


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