That's what you can see in this picture courtesy of ESA's satellite network.
- What you can't see is a per capita income of $200 per year, or $80,000 for the wealthiest
- What you can't see is a life expectancy of 40 years
- What can't you see is infant mortality rates of 154/1000 versus 3/1000
There is enough food to feel all 460 million inhabitants of the countries pictured, sufficient safe water; if divided fairly, a nominal GDP per capita of $21000 per person (man woman and child), healthcare and the basics of human life could be available to all of the inhabitants of that small vestige of our planet.
When I ask myself what entitles me to expect the privileged life I have, the geographical serendipity of my birthplace seems a woefully inadequate justification.
Mankind has created borders, abstract constructs, not visible from near-space; borders are responsible for poverty and death. Territorial preservation, greed and the protection of national identity, our unique way of life if you want, has led mankind to kill millions in war and in peace. Pictured from space are the wealthiest and poorest of nations, in a snapshot of a small area of the Earth's surface we see the lack of humanity, a laughable word, and shocking iniquity of our doomed race in stark relief.