February 23, 2005

Breaking Down the Global Village

I recently came across this article and found it very interesting... (by Corey Farley from the RGJ)

"A leading cause of the world's problems is the belief that We,
because We are Us, are automatically right.
I'm thinking of a specific set of beliefs emanating from 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue in the nation's capitol, but it's a global phenomenon. From the tiniest village in the jungles of Brazil (or wherever they still have tiny villages; New Guinea?) to the United Nations, the
notion that God-or-whomever favors Us Alone creates a lot of woe. It's one thing
to love your country and feel blessed to be among its citizens, another to
believe all other entities are Evil.

Which brings us to the latest breakdown -as in analysis, not collapse- of the Global Village. We did this a few years ago, but the new figures are in, and it's a useful reminder for people who think God went to all the trouble of creating the universe solely so he could confer
his blessings on white folks from the central part of North America:

If the world's population were reduced to 100 people:

* There would be 57 Asians, 21 Europeans, 14 people from the Western Hemisphere (both north and south) and eight Africans.
* 52 would be female; 48 male.
* 30 would be white; 70 non-white.
* 30 would be Christians, but 70 would not.
* 11 would be gay.
* Six would control 59 percent of the village's wealth.
* 80 would live in substandard housing.
* 70 would be illiterate.
* Only half would have enough to eat.
* One - one person - would have a college degree.
* One would own a computer.

And we talk about generously tolerating them? We're lucky they let us hang around at all."

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