6/15/10

Lightning in a Jar

[Note to reader: The following came to me as a PowerPoint slideshow attachment forwarded by my pal Darcey Bellington. The slideshow features some haunting background music, and some gorgeous graphics. Since I am PowerPoint-illiterate, I have chosen to re-type the powerful message so that I can share it with a wide audience. If you would like to get the slideshow, send me an email or a private message, and I will forward it to you.]

If you could fit the entire population of the world into a village consisting of 100 people, maintaining the proportions of all the people living on Earth, that village would consist of:

57 Asians
21 Europeans
14 Americans (North, Central and South)
8 Africans

There would be

52 women
48 men
30 Caucasians
70 non-Caucasians
30 Christians
70 non-Christians
89 heterosexuals
11 homosexuals

Six people would possess 59% of the wealth, and they would all come from the USA.

80 would live in poverty
70 would be illiterate
50 would suffer from hunger and malnutrition
1 would be dying
1 would be being born
1 would own a computer
1 would have a university degree

If we looked at the world this way, the need for acceptance and understanding would be obvious. But consider again the following:

If you woke up this morning in good health, you have more luck than one million people, who won't live through the week.

If you have never experienced the horror of war, the solitude of prison, the pain of torture, or were not close to death from starvation, then you are better off than 500 million people.

If you can go to your place of worship without fear that someone will assault or kill you, then you are luckier than 3 billion people.

If you have a full fridge, clothes on your back, a roof over your head, and a place to sleep, you are wealthier than 75% of the world's population.

If you currently have money in the bank, in your wallet, and a few coins in your purse, you are one of 8 of the privileged few amongst the 100 people in the world.

If your parents are still alive and still married, you are a rare individual.

If someone sent you this message, you're extremely lucky, because someone is thinking of you, and because you don't comprise one of those 2 billion people who cannot read.


And so?


Work like you don't need the money.

Love like nobody has ever hurt you.

Dance like nobody is watching.

Sing like nobody is listening.

Live as if this was paradise on Earth.


Send this message to your friends.

Bypass those who are determined to see the worst in the world, no matter what.

If you don't send it, nothing will happen.

If you do send it, someone might smile while they are reading it, and that will be a positive.

Apart from that, simply have a nice day.




-- Author unknown, circa June 15, 2010.

24 comments:

若愛若愛 said...

Never put off till tomorrow what may be done today...................................................................

雅馨 said...

大師手筆﹐果然不凡.................................................................

AlfredoN_Schmucker0許許 said...

一個人的價值,應該看他貢獻了什麼,而不是他取得了什麼....................................................................

佳燕 said...

很棒的分享~~~來留個言囉~~~~.................................................................                           

玫友 said...

所有的資產,在不被諒解時,都成了負債............................................................

江冠彭珮李佳宏陽筠 said...

當一個人內心能容納兩樣相互衝突的東西,這個人便開始變得有價值了。............................................................

云依恩HFH謝鄭JTR安 said...

thx rfor you sharing~~learn it by heart..................................................................

JasonBirk佳琪 said...

我真心在追求我的夢想時,每一天都是繽紛的。因為我知道每一個小時都是實現理想 的一部份。..................................................

芳容222許林堅林芳容儀 said...

人生中最好的禮物就是屬於自己的一部份

承蘋承蘋 said...

If you lend someone $20 and never see that person again, it was probably worth it.............................................................

黃威宇 said...

No garden without its weeds.............................................................

陳佑發 said...

要友誼長存,我們必須原諒彼此的小缺點。......................................................

盈廖生家秀蔡 said...

Hello,這裡真是百看不厭的部落格..................................................................

張志亦劉美玲 said...

Lets cross the bridge when we come to it............................................................

凱v胡倫 said...

Poverty is stranger to industry.........................................

王辛江淑萍康 said...

死亡是悲哀的,但活得不快樂更悲哀。............................................................

辰原 said...

Quality is better than quantity...................................................................

桂江江江江宸 said...

每日都有新日光,每日都有新希望。.................................................

怡靜怡靜怡靜怡雯 said...

單純喜歡你的部落格 留個言跟您問聲好~~...............................................................

麗王王珠 said...

很棒很期待新的內容............................................................

廷家祥家祥雯 said...

期待你的下次更新喔^____^..................................................

瑰潼 said...

人生就像一顆核桃,必須敲破它,才會顯出他的內容。..................................................... ............

YELLOWDOG GRANNY said...

I love that..

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