The world is an awfully lonely place despite having 7.53 billion people living mostly on the outer edge of continents, clinging to the coasts on the very thin crust of a rather unstable small blue planet that’s covered mostly in undrinkable salt water.
In the US, around 131 million people get in their cars and drive back and forth to work every day. Studies have shown that more than 63% or about 97 million people in the US hate their jobs. At any given time there are more than 20,000 airplanes in the sky around the world. More than 6% of those passengers are afraid to fly.
In China, around 47,000 children are born every day. Worldwide, there are more than 247 babies born every minute. 65,972 photos and videos are shared every minute on Instagram.
People consume more than 11 million pounds of food every minute, and we consume around 4 trillion cubic meters of freshwater every year. More than 795 million people in the world do not have enough food to lead a healthy active life. An estimated 790 million people are without access to an improved water supply. An estimated 1.8 billion people are without access to adequate sanitation. 270,000 hamburgers are consumed every hour. And that’s just at McDonald’s.
Jeff Bezos and Bill Gates have a combined net worth of more than 222 billion dollars. If they invested $20 million dollars every day to improve the world and help people, they could continue that daily investment for 29 years and not run out of money even if they stopped earning money today. Wealthy people put nearly zero percent of their personal wealth back into the economy. By contrast, the average American spends 106% of their annual income every year. There are about 607 billionaires in the United States today. Not one of them has become Batman.
With all this going on you can at least say hello to people. Next time you see someone who might be lost, it wouldn’t hurt to ask if they needed help. And if you can help, why not make someone’s day better? Kindness goes a long way to make the world a more tolerable place to live. Believe it or not, we’re all in this world together.
There are only 43 days until Christmas. You may have missed the opportunity to show someone you care for the 322 days since last Christmas.