Our Amazing World

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Yes, that’s a map of the world but the shapes have been altered to show each country’s relative population.

I found the WorldMapper site by watching a video on one of my all-time favorite web sites: TED Talks.

Here’s a list of map categories you can explore (with nearly 600 maps):

* Basic * Movement * Transport * Food * Goods* Manufacturers* Services* Resource
* Fuel* Production* Work* Income* Wealth * Poverty * Housing* Education* Health
* Disease* Disaster* Death* Destruction* Violence* Pollution* Depletion* Communication
* Exploitation* Action* Cause of Death* Age of Death* Religion

“‘Let not a man glory in that he loves his country, but that he loves his kind.’ All are of one family, one race; all are human beings. Differences as to the partition of lands should not be the cause of separation among the people.”

‘Abdu’l-Bahá, ‘Abdu’l-Bahá in London, p. 55

“…all the members of the human family, whether peoples or governments, cities or villages, have become increasingly interdependent. For none is self-sufficiency any longer possible, inasmuch as political ties unite all peoples and nations, and the bonds of trade and industry, of agriculture and education, are being strengthened every day. Hence the unity of all mankind can in this day be achieved. Verily this is none other but one of the wonders of this wondrous age, this glorious century. Of this past ages have been deprived, for this century —the century of light—hath been endowed with unique and unprecedented glory, power and illumination. Hence the miraculous unfolding of a fresh marvel every day. Eventually it will be seen how bright its candles will burn in the assemblage of man.”

‘Abdu’l-Bahá, Selections from the Writings of ‘Abdu’l-Bahá, p. 31

Navigating Life . . .

Having been born on the southern shore of a Great Lake (Erie) and aboard ships in the Navy, I’m clearly aware of the supreme challenge of steering when the ship is dead in the water.

Some sail must be hoisted (spiritual acceptance) or the engine must turn (will power) to go this way or that.

Maps are good for life-navigation, too ( I like the spiritual ones, myself ).

So, your sails are hoisted and ya gotta map…

So…?

Where ya goin’ ?

Hmmm…

It’s been said, “If you don’t know where you’re going, any road will take you there…”

Gotta make those choices and take responsibility for wherever you end up on life’s ocean.

Today’s Quote:

“Therefore, mere knowledge is not sufficient for complete human attainment. The teachings of the Holy Books need a heavenly power and divine potency to carry them out….volition is necessary…”

‘Abdu’l-Bahá, The Promulgation of Universal Peace, p. 249