We’ve all heard the phrase, “It takes a village…..” What does the “village” look like?
If this world of 7 billion people was reduced to a single village of 100 people it would look something like this….
There would be 50 males and 50 females.
There would be 26 children and 74 adults.
There would be 60 Asians, 15 Africans, 11 Europeans, and 14 people from the Western Hemisphere.
There would be 70 non-whites, and 30 whites.
There would be 70 non-Christians, and 30 Christians.
Over 10% of the village would identify themselves as gay.
More than half of the village’s wealth would rest in the hands of just 6 people, all but one of these people would be a citizen of the United States.
83 villagers would be able to read and write, and 17 would not.
Only 7 villagers would have a college degree, 22 would have computers, 22 would be married, there would be 67 cell phones but some villagers would own more than one.
There would be 1 villager dying of starvation, 15 would be undernourished, 21 would be overweight.
1 person would be living with HIV/AIDS.
About 77 villagers would have regular shelter from the wind and rain, while 23 would not.
83 villagers would have access to clean drinking water, while 17 would not.
Despite the physical and social boundaries we continue to build around ourselves, the fact remains that we are not one race, one religion, or one population. We are one people, inhabiting this world together, a world that thrives when we show compassion and good will towards our neighbors in the village.
Every day we are humbly reminded that the quality of the lives of those around has a real impact on the quality of our own lives. The kindness, forgiveness, acceptance, generosity and love we share with our neighbors is reflected back to us as we move through our life’s journey.
We also realize how fortunate most of us are today. If we wake up underneath a roof, have a breakfast to eat, have access to books and computers, and have freedom to pray to, speak with and love who we want to pray to, speak with and love, than we are truly lucky.
When we awaken to the blessings of our own existence, focusing on what we “have” instead of what we “lack”, than we can to see beyond ourselves, and begin to address the needs of others, and begin to celebrate our diversity instead of fearing our differences.
It takes a village….
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