Perspective on whining about COVID, the election, trumpie is an idiot, etc. Nearly everyone on this site is privileged in hard to fathom ways.
The current population of Earth is around 7.8 Billion.
Someone has condensed the 7.8 billion in the world into 100 persons,
and then into various percentage statistics.
The resulting analysis is relatively much easier to comprehend.
Out of 100 :
11 are in Europe
5 are in North America
9 are in South America
15 are in Africa
60 are in Asia
49 live in the countryside
51 live in cities
12 speak Chinese
5 speak Spanish
5 speak English
3 speak Arabic
3 speak Hindi
3 speak BengalI
3 speak Portuguese
2 speak Russian
2 speak Japanese
62 speak their own language.
77 have their own houses
23 have no place to live
21 are over-nourished
63 can eat full meals
15 are under-nourished
1 ate the last meal, but did not make it to the next
The daily cost of living for 48 is less than US$2.
87 have clean drinking water
13 either lack clean drinking water or have access to a water source that is polluted.
75 have mobile phones ????
25 do not.
30 have internet access
70 do not have conditions to go online.
7 received university education
93 did not attend college.
83 can read
17 are illiterate.
33 are Christians
22 are Muslims
14 are Hindus
7 are Buddhists
12 are other religions
12 have no religious beliefs.
26 live less than 14 years
66 died between 15 - 64 years of age
8 are over 65 years old.
If you have your own home,
Eat full meals & drink clean water,
Have a mobile phone,
Can surf the internet, and have gone to college,
You are in the miniscule privileged lot.
(in the less than 7% category)
Amongst 100 persons in the world, only 8 can live or exceed the age of 65.
In Australia, we don't exist.
With comparisons like this Maslow's needs should be employed. The basic needs are food, shelter, security and social interactions. Things like internet, phones, university degrees etc are all wants ie not essential to a productive and happy life.
Personally, I feel privileged to have grown up before all that crap was around.
This is a great list. At one time in an environmental organization I belonged we listed 3 categories, above subsistence, at subsistence and below subsistence. One quarter of the world were above, one half were at subsistence and one quarter below. The basic definition of subsistence was; above was having excess, at just at sustainable living and the below were actually needing other people's excess (garbage) to live. This was when the world had 6 billion. Now conditions have only gotten worse for those at and below subsistence. Adding some 80+ million net each year will only make matters worse!
When I was in ZPG we had all sorts of activities to help people connect the dots with our dependence on the natural world. One was really eye opening especially for teachers. It is a basic version of this list and called "Food for Thought." [populationeducation.org]
Enjoyed that. Thank you. Based on this condensed stat, a quarter of the world population don't make it after the age of . I felt really grateful to be in the seven percent until I get to the part that only eight out of 100 will exceed the age of sixty-five. I guess I can say I've been lucky so far.
Ya know (or, in reality, you don't know), until I was six years old, I lived in the third world country of Backwoods, Oklahoma. We had no running water and drew water from a well with a bucket. My dad went squirrel hunting to put food on the table and my mother wrung the necks of chickens to do the same. We had a ill built fireplace for heat and we had no concept of A/C. I didn't know what a telephone was until we moved to California when I was six. My mother finally got a wringer washer but before that, she built a fire in the yard and washed clothes in a wash pot summer and winter. By the time I was born, we had electricity, but I have the oil lamp that my parents used for light until 1950 or so.
My grandmother lost two children at birth due to the lack of medical care for them; my aunt lost one. I was the first in my family to be born in a hospital.
At least we never went hungry, but we lacked proper nutrition, especially in winter if the home canned goods ran out.
I had repeated, untreated ear infections because the closest doctor was over 50 miles away over mountainous roads that were often impassable in winter. My mother said my ears used to bleed (I attribute the tinnitus I have had since I was 11 to these ear infections). Before I was born, my brother fell against the coals in the fire below the wash pot and, judging by the scar on his neck, had third degree burns that went untreated.
So, no, it is not hard for me to fathom how privileged I am at this point in my life.
Your stats are probably right on. That said, it feeds into the myth, led by the powerful in many places, especially here, that we should be happy with what we have and not bitch. It is used as a form of control. In a counter way, it is used here to incite the middle and lower class whites with "look what you are losing, not us behind the curtain, but THEM." Yes, we have it better than many, but does that mean we should be thankful for other stats that will show 1 in 6 Americans are hungry or the number of abused or the outrageous number of people who are sexually assaulted/ molested? I think not.
This analysis does say how many live under oppressive governments (even though we could debate what constitutes such a system). Why is it considered whining to expect our government should have done more to combat the effects of COVID, or to be upset about the attempted overthrow of our government by a wannabe dictator? Even if we are privileged compared to the rest of the world, why should we not resist moving backward?
Looks like all that hard work paid off . It's a mix of good luck , intelligence , ambition , and perserverence . Given the same circumstances , I've ended up with a different ending than the bums nearby who've chosen instead to live on the street , surviving on beer and weed , getting free medical care and hospital care , when they need it , and handouts that they throw away , if it's not beer and weed .