Contented Living (28 of 35) by John Barnett

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Contented Living (28 of 35)
Series: Delights of a Word-Filled Marriage
John Barnett

Laying Hold of Contentment

I watched the World Population Clock again this week. It is a very moving sight to see each second as the numbers changed. The math of this UN site is simple -- the numbers go up by five births and down by two deaths for a net gain of three new immortal souls on this Planet Earth per second!

Then the details listed and counted around that clock are overwhelming:

I was watching the World Population Clock again this week. If you want to get a feel for the immensity of the world -- just watch it and see that 3 new souls are arriving and surviving every seconds 24 hours a day and 7 days a week.

We have about 6.289 billion souls alive at this moment

Now as we sit here alive and relatively safe in Tulsa, relatively prosperous in the American heartland, we need to look again at our world. According to the International Programs Center, U.S. Bureau of the Census, the total population of the World, projected to Thursday 2/15/01 at 16:41:59 GMT (2/15/01 at 11:41:59 AM EST) is 6,128,760,974. That was by the way up 70 million living souls from last year this time!

But if we were to reduce that unimaginable number of 6 with nine zeros after it to just this room, and we distilled all the inhabitants of earth down to a representative group of 100 chairs in this room here is how the world looks this morning. Our world shrunk down to a community of 100 persons we would have a town which:
• 1/7th or about 13 of us live high on a hill called the developed world – that would be the balcony;
• 6/7ths or about 87 of them live on the rocky bottomland called the rest of the world.
• Those of us in the balcony are the world's richest. We have houses, which provide us with an average of more than 2 rooms per person; while those in the rest of the world have housing that averages 5 people per room.
• The people in the rest of ...


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