Stats tell a lot
I got this cute e-mail forward last night, and it really made me start to think about some of the things in Ethiopia. Most the e-mail was just cue stuff, but there was this striking resemblence to Ethiopia there:
Here are some statistics for the US for the Year 1906 :
—The average life expectancy was 47 years.
—Only 14 percent of the homes had a bathtub.
—Only 8 percent of the homes had a telephone. .
—There were only 8,000 cars and only 144 miles of paved roads.
—The maximum speed limit in most cities was 10 mph.
—The tallest structure in the world was the Eiffel Tower!
—The average wage in was 22 cents per hour.
—The average worker made between $200 and $400 per year .
—A competent accountant could expect to earn $2000 per year,
—a dentist $2,500 per year, a veterinarian between $1,500 and $4,000 per year, and a mechanical engineer about $5,000 per year.
—More than 95 percent of all births took place at HOME .
—Ninety percent of all doctors had NO COLLEGE EDUCATION! Instead, they attended so-called medical schools, many of which were condemned in the press AND the government as “substandard.”
—Sugar cost four cents a pound.
—Eggs were fourteen cents a dozen.
—Coffee was fifteen cents a pound.
—Most women only washed their hair once a month, and used borax or egg yolks for shampoo.
—Canada passed a law that prohibited poor people from entering into their country for any reason.
—Five leading causes of death were:
—–1. Pneumonia and influenza
—–4. Heart disease
—The American flag had 45 stars. .
—The population of Las Vegas, Nevada, was only 30!!!!
—Crossword puzzles, canned beer, and ice tea hadn’t been invented yet.
—There was no Mother’s Day or Father’s Day.
—Two out of every 10 adults couldn’t read or write. Only 6 percent of all Americans had graduated from high school.
—Marijuana, heroin, and morphine were all available over the counter at the local corner drugstores. Back then pharmacists said, “Heroin clears the complexion, gives buoyancy to the mind, regulates the stomach and bowels, and is, in fact, a perfect guardian of health.” ( Shocking? DUH! )
—Eighteen percent of households had at least one full-time servant or domestic help.
—There were about 230 reported murders in the ENTIRE ! U.S.A. !
So I hopped on the CIA’s website, and the World Bank’s site, along with the UN and a few otheres, and was able to piece the following together:
Here are some statistics for Ethiopia for the Year 2006 :
—The average life expectancy is 43 years.
—Only 1 percent of the homes have a telephone. This does not include Cell Phones .
—There are only 2100 miles of paved roads. (basically the length of I-95, the US curently has 2,582,278miles)
—There is no real speed limit, or even real observable traffic laws in teh cities.
—The average worker makes $110 per year .
—Only 6% of births have a skilled attendant present.
—Five leading causes of death are:
—–3. Respitory Infections
—–5. Perinatal Conditions
—6 out of every 10 adults can’t read or write. Only 31 percent of all Ethiopians have graduated from high school.
—Only 2 out of every 10 women have had any formal education.
—The average family has 5 kids.
There is so much more I could show to give a statistical image of where Ethiopia is right now, but this already says a lot. It’s not quite like time travel, as they are a modern society, but they are stuck about 100 years behind us economically.
It has me thinking again, which is always dangerous, but hopefully it will get you to think as well. It’s not good enough to say that sucks and do nothing, we do need to act, and we do need to help. I’m just wondering on how we can send AID that will truly help improve the society, not just throw money at a problem.