Here is an interesting way to look at the world...What if you shrunk the world to a village of only 100 people...This is a PowerPoint Show

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    Apr 05, 2008 5:39 PM GMT
    This will have to download to your computer. It may take a while for those with slow connections.


    Global Village
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    Apr 05, 2008 5:45 PM GMT
    that was beautiful... i've often thought the house of representatives and senate should look like that...
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    Apr 05, 2008 5:55 PM GMT
    Reminds me of how well in life I have it. Can you imagine life in the rest of the world?
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    Apr 05, 2008 6:07 PM GMT
    no, i can't. on the one hand the slides makes me thankful, but on the other it's discouraging - how can i possibly do anything to contrast all that??? i mean, there's the whole "every little bit helps" attitude, whereby you make the world better by being nice or whatever... but is that really true? is there a butterfly effect? does me being a good person matter to those billions of people?

    i do not mean in any way to diminish the value of that powerpoint show, but now that it's laid out on the table like that... what am i supposed to do? isn't it a privilege to sit back and say, "well, at least i'm a good person and that makes the world a better place"?

    caslon, why do i feel guilty after watching that?
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    Apr 05, 2008 6:17 PM GMT
    I dont know why you feel guilty about it. Have you tried mind mapping? tee hee hee

    For me, it brought to mind what a waste the war in Iraq has been (to take a case in point) ...all that money that could have been used to better the world...I mean, if we were just going to throw it away, anyway.

    It is interesting that we will pay to blow the world up, but if someone in Congress suggested taking a sum of money like that to help the world, they would have crapped their collective pants!
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    Apr 05, 2008 6:33 PM GMT
    exactly!!

    i personally feel that we as a collective global society have decided to promote misery and inequality... it would take just as much (or less) effort to promote the positive over the negative, and yet historically we leap towards destruction... is it part of our nature to create suffering? i hope not. i hope we're moving towards a global shift that will eventually create the paradise we could have here if we decided to make it.

    i'm not talking about communism and utopia - those aren't tenable, because you can't dismiss the ego. i'm not talking about living in a cartoon world. i'm talking about a perfectly imperfect place where everyone has the opportunity to be at peace with themselves and everyone else.
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    Apr 05, 2008 6:56 PM GMT
    dancerjack said

    caslon, why do i feel guilty after watching that?


    Well I'm not caslon, but I can take a stab at that.

    You probably feel guilty because you feel it's your moral responsibility to help those in need. If that's how you feel, and you see something like this - then you're not fulfilling that obligation right?

    Then again, a pair of sneakers or a high-end jeans ranges 60-120 dollars, and movies are, what - 15 dollars lol (NYC: gotta love it)

    If you took the money you would spend on two pairs of sneakers/jeans & movie or two, and donate that money to an organization that helps those in absolute poverty once a year, then that would be enough to help at least someone out there that has below zero resources.
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    Apr 05, 2008 7:52 PM GMT
    hey caslon, is there a url you could give to where you found the global village powerpoint show?

    hmm. dancerjack, being my little 'the glass is half full' self, lol, have you ever read or heard of Paul Hawken? he's a social philosopher and author whose latest, Blessed Unrest, takes a look at how the supposedly 'powerless' and disconnected people are becoming empowered and connected in the age of globalization. it's a really good book...and in terms of where our world is going, i like to think of these Pierre Tielhard de Chardin quotes:

    "Someday, after mastering the winds, the waves, the tides and gravity, we shall harness for God the energies of love, and then, for a second time in the history of the world, man will have discovered fire."

    and as for making your own impact...Emerson ..."to know that even one life has breathed easier because you have lived - this is to have succeeded."
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    Apr 05, 2008 8:22 PM GMT
    My brother emailed the powerpoint to me, so I dont have the url. I could ask him where he got it from. Is there something specific I should ask him for you? Or you might try googling to see if it is out on the net somewhere.
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    Apr 05, 2008 8:53 PM GMT
    Dude: I totally got to send that to my Aunt. She'd love it, and she'll send it to all her friends.

    (Oh a snide comment comes to mind about that powerpoint but even I can't say it)
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    Apr 05, 2008 8:55 PM GMT
    i've heard of the concept and different versions of 'the global village' before, i was just wondering if you had the website...haha yeah my version of powerpoint has 'expired'...so actually yeah haha if you could ask him where he got it that'd be great...my googling is turning up nothing but a bunch of different things.
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    Apr 05, 2008 9:26 PM GMT
    i dunno if this helps. this is the direct download link which u can copy and send to folks.

    http://pquiggle.tripod.com/photos%20/Globalvillage1.pps
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    Apr 05, 2008 9:45 PM GMT
    hahaha thanx jms84, i think i'm just gonna have to buy powerpoint again.
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    Apr 06, 2008 1:37 AM GMT
    I suppose I don't have to see the solution to that to believe it, but there's nothing final about it...
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    Apr 06, 2008 1:42 AM GMT
    north_runner saidhahaha thanx jms84, i think i'm just gonna have to buy powerpoint again.


    you shouldnt need powerpoint...pps should have the viewer packaged....


    or maybe you can download the viewer from microsoft
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    Apr 06, 2008 2:45 AM GMT
    OpenOffice is also a freely available suite of applications that can run the full set of Office formats (including powerpoint), so you could give that a try.

    Moreso than the figures of what the rest of the world was like, I was really surprised about some of the figures about the first world. For instance: in this hypothetical village, only 1 person has a university degree. So I checked. The US is contributing 6 people (US population being 5-6% of world population, and the presentation states that the 6 people who control 59% of the resources are all Americans). In the 2003 estimates, ~18% of the US population 18+ had a college degree. 18% is a little over 1/6, so that 1 person with a college degree is one of the Americans. What about the rest of the world? Europe is given as contributing 11 people to the village, so if even 10% of Europeans have a university degree, one of the Europeans should as well. I'm also curious where the computer ownership numbers came from. The most recent figure I've seen for the US is 34% own a personal computer, which would mean that 2 of the Americans in the sample would have to own one, let alone the rest of the world.

    Still, it's interesting, and it makes me more aware of the differences between what I consider typical and what really is typical within my own country, let alone across the planet as a whole.
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    Apr 06, 2008 4:16 PM GMT
    lol Caslon, microsoft just hates me. even when i click on the link, powerpoint starts up, and tells me that its out of date and i need to repurchase it to continue.icon_mad.gif

    haha thanks for the open office suggestion MSUbionerd. i just need to find my little mac cd that came with the computer...icon_confused.gif
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    Apr 07, 2008 7:34 AM GMT
    That was sobering.

    We are poor, but though our fridge is not quite fully stocked, we do eat everyday. So many things I can be thankful for. And damn those 6 americans. LOL Something should seriously be done about wealth distribution. It's why communism/jihadism, even with it's totalitarian aims, is so appealing to the rest of the world, because we're never gotten even our minimum shares. icon_sad.gif Almost all the resources end up in America, and then we'd have to buy it back at twice the price.

    Has any of you read Arthur C. Clarke's 3001: The Final Oddysey? I loved how he depicted Earth then. I just wished that would really come to pass.

    So many things we've come to take for granted.