What if we could shrink the earth’s population, as a thought experiment, to a village of precisely 100 people with all the existing human ratios remaining the same?

What would that little global village look like?

This micro-village would look something the following. There would be:

57 Asians
21 Europeans
8 Africans
52 would be female
48 would be male
70 would be non-white
30 would be white
70 would be non-Christian
30 would be Christian
89 would be heterosexual
11 would be homosexual
89 would be right-handed
11 would be left-handed
6 would possess 59% of the world’s wealth and all 6 would be Americans
80 would live in sub-standard housing
70 would be unable to read or write
50 would suffer from malnutrition
1 would be near death
1 would be near birth
1 (yes, only 1) would have a college education, and
1 would own a computer.

Think about it and post your comment:
When you think about the world from this compressed perspective what, in your opinion, is the most interesting thing for you to consider?

16 thoughts on “Thought Experiment: Global Village 100

  1. It means that the 50 suffering from malnutrition are stuck into CVS and did not realize that the 6 owning 59% of the world wealth are not working harder than them but are over skilled into BVS to the detriment of the rest of the population.

  2. It strikes me in the Global Village that Race, Colour, Sex, Sexuality, Age and Whether or not they are Left or Right handed seemed insignificant factors to me.

    My focus turned to the fact that 70% of the micro population do not have core values or beliefs that drive their actions in the community, these people are also unlikely to be able to read or write. My thoughts here are that the opportunities available to improve the way they think is more limited unless they are given exposure to 6% of those that are wealthy or less that are educated.

    Inequality has existed since the beginning of time. This is a good reality check, it will take a lot more than clever thinking to solve the imbalances.

  3. The whole idea is amazing and quite enlightening, but the frightening factor is the last two – the lack of education around the world and the lack of access to everything we take for granted.

  4. surely god would not have allowed this to hapen,
    all the more reason why i have to accept darwin thinking on evoloution
    nothing is fair it is the way of the world we live in, as it evolves.
    we will try as humans to enforce our beliefs on it,part of what humans do,in human evoloution,the numbers in the global village will also evolve with time.

  5. At least a few of those numbers need to be challenged.

    Europe makes up about 12 % of the world’s population.
    Africa, 14 %.

    There’s around 1 billion computers in the world, which should translate to more than 1 % of the population (i.e. 68 million people) being a computer owner (even accounting for gross disparities in the distribution of those).
    Also, the number of computers users is probably more significant than the number of computer owners.

  6. These percentage ratios are deplorable, nay sickening, 80 would live in sub-standard housing,
    70 would be unable to read or write,
    50 would suffer from malnutrition,
    Please forgive my profanity, but we(I) need to kick our ass in gear and rectify these deficiencies. We are in the 21st century and it is time to take care of our community. We are all in and on the spaceship of Earth together. We the people of our global village need to bring about cooperation on all tiers to remedy the plights of our brothers and sisters. Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs clearly demonstrates, basic needs of every individual must be satisfied before they can progress.
    This was an outstanding experiment. Puts things into a conceivable understanding of our situation. We need to see ONE, not perceived others. Non-white, male, female, non-Christian, Christian, rich and poor whatever! All is an illusion. We are LIFE and should respect that in each other no matter what costume we may be wearing.
    Thank you for reading my comments.

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