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Tuesday, March 26, 2024

Keeping it in perspective

Joel sent me this, I think it was floating around the internet. I have not fact checked it but it may very well be accurate. It's not.

The population of Earth is around 7.8 Billion.

For most people, it is a significant figure. However, if you condensed 7.8 billion 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 a city.


75 have mobile phones

25 do not.

30 have internet access

70 do not have the availability to go online.

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 minuscule privileged lot. (in the less than 7% category)

Amongst 100 persons in the world, only eight live or exceed the age of 65! If you are over 65 years old, be content & grateful. Cherish life. Grasp the moment.

If you did not leave this world before the age of 64, like the 92 persons who have gone before you, you are already the blessed amongst humankind.

Take good care of your health. Cherish every remaining moment.


I decided to fact check one thing that didn't square with me. 

This is indeed incorrect. The population of North America is 579 million, South America 422.5 million. So perhaps the whole thing is bullshit or made up by some gross AI entity? I decided to keep checking.

The religious breakdown is fairly accurate.

Contrary to the meme, about 85% of the world's population now owns a smartphone. World literacy rate is also a bit higher than the meme although I have no idea when it was actually written.

World internet access was way off. Double the meme.

Not quite sure how to interpret the child mortality rate statistic but it also might be off considerably.

According to the WHO the life expectancy stats stated are way off. 

Besides all this the meme is perfect and somewhat inspirational. But definitely take everything you read on the internet with a grain of salt. Except for the blast of course. Because we care.

1 comment:

Jon Harwood said...

It is good to know that the Blast is our source of unalloyed validity, verity and veracity. Truly.