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Review: It’s a Whole New World Out There

It’s a whole new world out there. (1994, December). p. 4. Dayton, OH: Sweet’s Soul Cafe, SpiritVenture Ministries.

Overview

The World Development Forum has represented the world’s population as a global village of 1,000; the continental dispersement follows:

  • 564 Asians
  • 210 Europeans
  • 86 Africans
  • 80 South Americans
  • 60 North Americans

Some interesting figures emerge from this “global village of 1,000”:

  • 60 Would control half the total income.
  • 500 Would be hungry.
  • 600 Would live in shantytowns.
  • 700 Would be illiterate.

Religious affiliations would be as follows:

  • 300 Christians (183 Catholic, 84 Protestant, 33 Orthodox)
  • 175 Muslims
  • 128 Hindus
  • 55 Buddhists
  • 47 Animists
  • 85 Other religious groups
  • 210 No religious preference or atheistic

 Questions for Reflection and Discussion

  1. How many people are there in the world? How has this changed from 1950 and since 1980? What will be the population of the world in the years 2010 and 2020?
  2. What do you consider the most critical problems of the world? Do you think these problems can be solved or helped? What ideas do you have for doing so?
  3. In what sense do you consider the world to be a global village? How helpful are the representations given above?
  4. How responsible do you think your nation should be for the welfare of the world? In what specific ways should your country help or stay uninvolved?
  5. Do you feel at all responsible for people in other parts of the world? Is there anything to the statement: “When anyone in the world is hurt or murdered, we are all affected?”
  6. How can various religions get along with each other and contribute to the common good?

Implications

  1. There are strong currents of ethnocentrism and nationalism in the world today. Along with pride in a person’s own group from which comes one’s cultural identity, there is need for a sense of global welfare and a common human identity.
  2. Young people around the world have been on the forefront of liberation movements and wars. One thing that hasn’t been tried enough in global strife is the possibility of children and young people in pioneering reconciliation efforts. Along with military academies, there might be serious investment in peace academies and experiences that would bring the world’s young people together.
  3. At least once a year, there ought to be an earnest discussion of the world’s cultures in every school and youth group.
  4. A sense of global demographics and cultures is necessary for any progressive vision and strategy.
Dean Borgman
© 2018 CYS

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