You in a 100-people world

Luis Flores Ballesteros
Many of us have seen a version of the 100-people world, for me, the one created by the Miniature Earth Project is the most complete (stats-wise) and best designed. It was inspired in Donella Meadows‘ “Who lives in the Global Village?” a 1000-people version published in 1990. I appreciate this type of endeavors since they can take us away of our own world for a moment (a very difficult task if you think), a world based on infinite possibilities but with only a few to think on others’ circumstances and, thus, our privileges  in a better and, if I may concede, our responsibilities in a highly unequal village.  For instance, if you’re one of the hundreds of thousands of visitors to this weblog who click everyday from their homes, you could consider yourself as to be one of the twelve people with computer. Or maybe, you’d be the only one in the world holding a graduate degree. If you’re spending more than 2 USD a day (TWO DOLLARS, 20 MX PESOS, 80 IND RUPEES), you actually are richer than more than 71% of the population. Using data of 2006, here are more numbers:

61 Asians
12 Europeans
08 North Americans
05 South America and the Caribbean
13 Africans
01 Oceania

50 women
50 men
47 lives in urban area
9 are disable

33 are Christian (Catholics, Protestants, Orthodox, Anglicans and other Christians)
18 are Muslims
14 are Hindus
16 are non-religious
6 are Buddhists
13 practice other religions

43 live without basic sanitation
18 live without an improved water source

6 people own 59% of the entire wealth of the community

13 are hungry or malnourished
14 can’t read
only 7 are educated at a secondary level
only 12 have a computer
only 3 have an internet connection

1 adult, aged 15-49, has HIV/AIDS.

The village spend more than US$1.12 trillion on military expenditures UN
and only US$ 100 billion on development aid
If you keep your food in a refrigerator
And your clothes in a closet
If you have a roof over your head
And have a bed to sleep in
You are richer than 75% of the entire world population.

If you have a bank account
You’re one of the 30 wealthiest people in the world.

18 struggle to live on US$ 1.00 per day or less…
53 struggle to live on US$ 2.00 per day or less.

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