9 September 2013
A Global Village of 100
Today our world consists of nearly 7 billion individuals; however, we never stop to think and understand how our world truly functions. If we decide to reduce the size of the entire worlds population to about a hundred people and did not change the demographic breakdown, we would be left with an impacting result allowing us to understand what we are blinded to each day.
To begin with, the current death rates around the world are extremely significant; however, it goes on unconcerned due to the fact that there are enormous groups of people in the world. On the other hand, when dealing with a smaller scale of about 100 people, even one death would greatly affect the rest of the population; thus, this is the sad reality. Current statistics claim that nearly 28, 928 people died of hunger alone today, and about 3, 422, 424 people died this year due to smoking. Statistics also claim that about 14, 506, 411, 049 cigarettes have been smoked today. It’s quite horrifying to see that deaths similar to these occur everyday, but we continuously go on with our lives infrequently thinking about it. It is evidently understood that the deaths of smokers are significantly larger than those who have died due to starvation; in fact, if individuals stopped wasting money on harmful things and put that money towards something more worthy like feeding those struggling through poverty, the lives of so many would be saved. To be honest, I can only imagine for something amazing like this to happen. If we reduce the population to about a 100 people, half the population would disappear due to effects of smoking and starvation.
Next, when I take a look at what certain individuals spend their wealth on, it becomes very shocking to grasp. For instance, there are about 898, 025, 347 people who are undernourished; yet, over 274, 414, 305, 118 dollars worth of illegal drugs have been and are...
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