Monday, July 19, 2010

    If The World Were 100 People. . .

    What would the make up of this world be like if reduced  to just 100 people? Share these thought-provoking numbers with your youth and see what they think.  More information can be found here.

    50 would be female
    50 would be male

    20 would be children
    There would be 80 adults,
    14 of whom would be 65 and older

    There would be:
    61 Asians
    12 Europeans
    13 Africans
    14 people from the Western Hemisphere

    There would be:
    31 Christians
    21 Muslims
    14 Hindus
    6 Buddhists
    12 people who practice other religions
    16 people who would not be aligned with a religion

    17 would speak a Chinese dialect
    8 would speak Hindustani
    8 would speak English
    7 would speak Spanish
    4 would speak Arabic
    4 would speak Russian
    52 would speak other languages

    82 would be able to read and write; 18 would not

    1 would have a college education
    1 would own a computer

    75 people would have some supply of food and a place to
    shelter them from the wind and the rain, but 25 would not

    1 would be dying of starvation
    17 would be undernourished
    15 would be overweight

    83 would have access to safe drinking water
    17 people would have no clean, safe water to drink.

    Ask:  What surprises you about this list?  What saddens you?    If the world were more like the Kingdom of God, how would these numbers be different? What response to you feel compelled to make?  Is there any way we might respond as a group?