RE: [SORForum] Something to think about
Our Global VillageI believe that somewhere between 2-5 people would consider themselves "homosexual."Of these 100 people I am interested how many of them live in countries that:1) invent, produce and export medicines2) house hospitals that treat the sick from other countries3) provide food, shelter and clothing to victims of war, natural disaster, genocide, famine4) send money back to their homeland5) house churches whose parishioners and parishes send money and other good and services back to their country of origin.6) provide engineering technologies that help developing countries7) export foodMy point is that I used to feel guilty about being a USA citizen. The USA puts out lots of pollution and has a lot of wealth. But on the other hand, the USA is the cash cow of the world. Our citizens send money to our ancestral countries through donations and investment. The USA send peach keepers, food, medicine, tents, blankets all over the world when needed. We send equipments, people and animals to places where there are earthquakes to help find the living. We invent medicines, vaccines that save people's lives. We are the bread basket of the world, sending food to even places like North Korea.Yes we are arrogant and greedy, and evil. We start wars and prop up dictators. We are duplicitous and hypocrites. In these ways we are like much of the world. Maybe if the USA didn't exist, then someone would have to invent it in order to help the rest of the world when it cried out for someone to help them. Maybe we help, because we feel guilty, but at least we have the ability to help and are somehow willing to do so.May God Save the USA because we certainly need God to save us, because we cannot and will not save ourselves. But when our evil becomes so great, then God will judge us and destroy us, and at least maybe the world will get less "green house" gases. I just hope that the USA doesn't try to take someone else with us.Sincerely,Garabed SarkessianPhiladelphia, PennsylvaniaUSAArmenian Orthodox Church-----Original Message-----
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Subject: [SORForum] Something to think about
Our Global Village
If we could shrink the earth’s population to a village of precisely 100 people, with all the existing human ratios remaining the same, it would probably look something like the following.
There would be:
57 Asians [including Oceania/Australia]
14 from the Western Hemisphere [North & South]
52 would be female
48 would be male
70 would be from religions other than Christianity
30 would be Christian
70 would be non-white
30 would be white
90 would be heterosexual
10 would be homosexual
6 people would possess 59% of the entire world’s wealth, and all 6 of these would be from the United States.
80 would live in sub-standard housing
70 would be unable to read
50 would suffer from malnutrition
10 would be disabled
1 would be near death
1 would be near birth
1 would have a college education
1 would own a computer
When one considers our world from such a compressed perspective, the need for acceptance, understanding, and education becomes glaringly apparent!
"Let every man be quick to hear, slow to speak, slow to anger."
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