Just Thought I Would Share…

This came across my desk in 2000. The world is such a large and difficult place to understand. Dr. Harter’s information helps frame it in a comprehensible perspective:

If we could shrink the earth’s population to a villiage of exactly
100 people, with all of 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 the 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 world’s weath, 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 both acceptance, understanding and education becomes glaringly
important.

Phillip M. Harter, MD,
Stanford University, School of Medicine