Worth reading. Take a look.

John Powell ususally sends me almost daily some funny stuff which starts my day off with a chuckle (and thanks, John). But today besides his funny thought for the day he sent me the below which was titled simply "worth reading." I agree. It puts things into perspective and has everything to do with khukuris. Here it is:

If we could shrink the earth's population to a village of precisely 100
people, with all the existing human ratios remaining the same, it would look
something like the following:

There would be:
57 Asians
21 Europeans
14 from the Western Hemisphere, both north and south
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

6 people would possess 59% of the entire world's wealth
and all 6 would be from the United States.

80 would live in substandard housing
70 would be unable to read
50 would suffer from malnutrition
1 would be near death; 1 would be near birth
1 (yes, only 1) would have a college education
1 would own a computer

When one considers our world from such a compressed
perspective, the need for acceptance, understanding and
education becomes glaringly apparent.

The following is also something to ponder...

If you woke up this morning with more health than illness...
you are more blessed than the million who will not survive
this week.

If you have never experienced the danger of battle, the
loneliness of imprisonment, the agony of torture, or the
pangs of starvation ... you are ahead of 500 million people
in the world.

If you can attend a church meeting without fear of harassment,
arrest, torture, or death...you are more blessed than three
billion people in the world.

If you have food in the refrigerator, clothes on your back, a roof
overhead and a place to sleep...you are richer than 75% of this
world. If you have money in the bank, in your wallet, and spare
change in a dish someplace ... you are among the top 8% of the world's
If your parents are still alive and still married ... you are very rare,
even in the United States and Canada.

If you can read this message, you just received a double
blessing in that someone was thinking of you, and furthermore,
you are more blessed than over two billion people in the world
that cannot read at all.

Someone once said: What goes around comes around.

Work like you don't need the money.
Love like you've never been hurt.
Dance like nobody's watching.
Sing like nobody's listening.
Live like it's Heaven on Earth.

Sometimes I think we tend to forget just how damned lucky we are. That's me, Uncle Bill, talking.

Blessings from the computer shack in Reno.

Uncle Bill
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[This message has been edited by Bill Martino (edited 04-19-2001).]

Thanks for helping to start MY day out on a very good note!

"To Know and to Act are One"
I came to this forum searching for some khukuri knowledge. Looks like I just might learn more than that. Thanks for sharing
Thanks Uncle!! That is so very true!!! I fall in that group and I pray to the good Lord every night to thank him for it! If you have your health and love ...(and maybe at least one good khukurie) you have everything!!!

Chris B.
Thanks Uncle Bill,

It is good to be reminded just how wonderful my life really is. It is easy in our day to day life to feel like the weight of the world is on our shoulders. When in reality my life is pretty darn nice. It is sometimes humbling to think what others endure daily and do not complain and then think what petty things I sometimes complain about. It is good to be reminded of the joy in our day to day life. THANKS!!

Defeat the fear of death and welcome the death of fear. G.Liddy

" . . . But consider first how much more frugal the poor are than we, and how much more enduring of labor. And if you ever wish to exercise yourself in labor and endurance, do it for yourself, and not for others: do not embrace statues. But if you are ever very thirsty, take a draught of cold water, and spit it out, and tell no man."


Thanks for the thought, fellers.

Best post I've read in a long time.
Uncle,and John,thanks!

[This message has been edited by rdnzl (edited 04-20-2001).]
Thanks John!

That really put things in perspective for me. I really needed to read that. Its amazing how often I'm upset about some "important" thing, and then I hear about someone dying of cancer or eating out of garbage cans etc.., and all of a sudden I'm thanking God for what I have, and that my loved ones are alive and healthy....

Like uncle bill says "great people make a great forum" and this post proves it. Thanks John!

Thanks for sharing, Bill.

(formerly bcaffrey)
He who finishes with the most toys wins.
For the past about ten years I've made it a point to start off my day by doing two things:

1) Refuse to Hate.

2) Make a commitment to (live in) Joy.

It isn't so much the things you don't do, but the style in which you live and behave toward others that marks your spirituality.

"If then you are wise, you will show yourself rather as a reservoir than a canal. For a canal spreads abroad water as it receives it, but a reservoir waits until it is filled before overflowing, and thus communicates, without loss to itself, it's superabundant waters. ...We have many canals, few reservoirs." Bernard of Clairvaux

What does this have to do with khukuris?
The part about wealth has to do with khukuris. Most of the people in the world get by on just a few dollars a month -- so why can't we live in a ten by ten foot hut with a dirt floor and a firepit for cooking and heat and light, a bucket for water and a hole in the ground outside for a bathroom, a root cellar to store our food in -- and spend all the rest of our income on khukuris!

I hope Jim doesn't see this post ... his wife will kill me....

-Cougar :{)
Use of Weapons
Beautiful post.

I know just how fortunate my family and myself are.
I have access to excellent medical care and have all the amenities that I need.
Unlike many of my people who live in 3rd world conditions.
I try to give as much as I can not only of material things but also of myself.
It's amazing what a little time spent with someone in a nurseing home can do.


Indin word for lousy hunter.
I just read the post. Very nice.
Makes one think of all the ordinarily nice things that we have but constantly take for granted.

I am writing this from workplace. Thought it would be another dull day. Suddenly, it isn't anymore.

Nice knowing you, Bill.

Make Love your strongest weapon. Compassion your shield and forgiveness your armour.