on the other side of the world

Gray skies are nowhere near this 100 degree Texas weather.  But halfway around the world (china to be exact), rain and floods are breaking down homes, ruining miles of crops, forcing families apart and killing people.

Has that ever astounded you?  That always, at any moment someone is dying, being held captive and missing.  Wars are being fought.  A father is being separated from his child.  And, at the same exact time, a baby takes its first gasp of air.  A man blows out his 80th birthday cake. A bride becomes a wife.

I find it incredible.  As I slept last night in my comfy cozy bed, China was in complete chaos, floods killing 200. More than 120 are missing,  nearly 200,000 houses damaged.  As I slept, on the other side of the world, absolute chaos.  And this happens…every day.

And all that happens on my side of the world is I wake up, see the headlines and read what’s happening : Arizona wildfire rages for 3rd day; Mom has triplets at 66;40 dead, 100,000 homeless in Brazil.

 It’s difficult to not feel even the tiniest of numb. Am I right?  We’ve learned to read and move on.  We’ve learned to adapt to this all.

Every minute:

  • 250 children are born. Of these, 113 will be poor and 15 will have a birth defect
  • Oprah Winfrey earns $523
  • An average person in the world makes $0.013
  • An average American earns $0.096
  • The average person in the United States with an IT career makes $0.13
  • Nike makes $36,505
  • An employee of a Nike factory in Vietnam makes $0.0014
  • 3 violent crimes are committed in the U.S.
  • 2 auto thefts are committed in the U.S.
  • 120,673 pounds of edible food is thrown away in the U.S.
  • 55,757 barrels of oil is used in the world
  • Lightning strikes the Earth 360 times
  • There are 5 earthquakes
  • 950,186 pounds of trash is thrown away in the U.S.
  • There are 9 new AIDS/HIV infections
  • 107 people die
  • 18 people die of starvation

You can see the above with graphics here.

If you get tired of just reading headlines, try doing something about it. Volunteer, donate to a special cause, pass on information and knowledge.  Help a friend out.  Go do something you’ve always wanted.  Don’t adapt, make a difference!


-Lizette Romero

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