When the sun rises,
it rises for everyone.
--- Cuban Proverb
Men are born equal
but they are also born different.
--- Erich Fromm
There are always flowers
for those who want to see them.
--- Henri Matisse
A pessimist sees the
difficulty in every opportunity;
An optimist sees the
opportunity in very difficulty.
--- Winston Churhill
Don't walk in front of me,
I may not follow.
Don't walk behind me,
I may not lead.
Just walk beside me
and be my friend.
--- Albert Camus
It is human nature for us to look at the world around us and see those who we feel have more, live better and
are in better shape than ourselves. We often lose sight of the fact that there are also those who have less, live
worse and are in lesser shape than ourselves. We would gain a much better, more balanced and more centered
perspective if we looked as the world using the analogy of it as a global village.
If we could shrink the Earth's population to a village of precisely 100 people, with all existing human ratios remaining the same, it would look approximately like this as of 2009:
When we consider our world from such an incredibly compressed sociological perspective, we gain a better understanding that there are always those who have more but there are also a considerable number who have less. Seeing the world as a village, it becomes glaringly apparent we need to be more centered, balanced, understanding, cooperative and tolerant with those with whom we share the planet.