Thursday, April 4, 2013

Tribute to Earth Day (Part I)

Recently, we had an “energy” request (from across the province) to shut off all lights and hydro-related equipment for one hour on a Saturday evening from 8:30 pm to 9:30 pm.  The “energy savings” in Hamilton and Burlington, alone, had phenomenal results.  Bill Sherk quoted in his book  Try to Keep up With Me if You Can:  Planet Earth is the only home we have
                 and we would be wise to take care of it.
On April 22, I shall publish Tribute to Earth Part II…followed later by Part III.
Since two of my ardent blog readers have sent me the following,
I must consider it significant for others to also read.

If you could fit the entire population of the world into a village consisting of 100 people, maintaining the proportions of all of the people living on Earth, that village would consist of:
57 Asians...21 Europeans...14 Americans (North, Central, South)...8 Africans.

                            There would be:  52 women and 48 men
                                                        30 Caucasians and 70 non-Caucasians
                                                        30 Christians and 70 non-Christians
                                                        89 heterosexuals and 11 homosexuals

6 people would possess 59% of the wealth and they would all come from the USA.
80 would live in poverty
70 would be illiterate
50 would suffer from hunger and malnutrition
1 would be dying
1would be born
1 would own a computer
1 (yes, only one) would have a University degree.

If we looked at the world in this way,
the need for acceptance and understanding would be obvious.

But...consider the following:

If … you woke up this morning  in good  health, you have more luck than 1 million people who won't live through the week!
If … you have never experienced the “horror of war”, the “solitude of prison”, the “pain of torture” or were not “close to death by starvation” , then you are better off than 500 million people!
If … you can go to your place of worship without fear that someone will assault or kill you, then you are luckier than 3 billion  (that's right) people!
If … you have a full fridge, clothes on your back, a roof over your head and a place to sleep, you are wealthier than 75% of the world's population!
If … you currently have money in the bank, in your wallet and a few coins in your purse, you are 1 of 8 of the privileged few!
If … your parents are still alive and still married, you're a rare individual!

If … someone sent you this message, you're extremely lucky!  Someone is thinking of you and because you don't comprise one of those 2 billion people who cannot read!

AND SO:   WORK like you don't need the money!
                   LOVE like nobody has ever hurt you!
                   DANCE like nobody is watching!
                   SING like nobody is listening!
                   LIVE like this was “Paradise on Earth”!

Send this message to your friends.  Bypass those who are determined to see the worst in the world, no matter what.  If you don't send it...nothing will happen.  If you do send it, someone might smile while  he or she is reading it...and that will be a positive!

Words of Wisdom

“Smell every with every bird.
Find beauty and wisdom ~
since wisdom is found wherever there is beauty.”
(Author unknown)

Crafted by Merle Baird-Kerr...March 10, 2013
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