This is what 0.1% looks like on the chart.
Small and insignificant or so it looks, compared to the grand scale of things.
Surely, there are greater things we need to worry about:
- According to the United Nations, World Food Programme, 12.9% of the world population are starving.
- A similar number exists when we talk about the number of people in the world who do not have access to clean water.
- Percentages roughly halves when we look at the number of people who lack healthcare. That translates to about 5 to 6%. We are talking about 400 million of the 7.4 billion people in the world do not have access to healthcare.
With such a huge job at hand, why should we bother about 0.1% anyway? Is it too insignificant?
Do you know that about 0.1% of the people are internally displaced in the recent Syrian conflict?
If that doesn’t appeal to you…
How about the wealth controlled by the top 0.1% of the people?
According to the Guardian, in the States, the top 0.1% of the rich controlled as much wealth as the bottom 90%. Think of what you could do with all that money to help the world out, if you can influence them and give them a good reason to help the others.
Finally, there’s also about 0.1% of the people in the world who lived in a country that gained independence against its will. The country grew to be a seemingly utopian state but faces its own unique set of struggles too today.
I live in that country. Singapore matters to me. That 0.1% matters to me too.