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Perspective

If there is one thing I have learned over the last 9 years as a photographer that has been fortunate to have traveled all over the globe, it is that perspective is vital in making sense of the world we live in. Too many people take aspects of their own lives for granted, not realizing that the vast majority of those on this planet don't share in the same amenities many feel entitled to.

Exploring the country of Bolivia, where I am currently documenting, helps bring a certain level of perspective back into my own life.
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Verry important... From where did you find the poster ?
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Really? Is it because they cant read English or is it because they cannot read at all. Here are some fact about world literacy rates from UNESCO data: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:World_illiteracy_1970-2010.svg

With about 16.5% of illiteracy rate or 15+ years of age and world population size at 7 Billion...that makes the numbers lot less than 3 Billion. ;)))

I always question the accuracy and source of statistics...It is a bad habit. ;)))
 
Cool, we are sometimes ignorant to see how blessed we really are.
 
Great reminders +Colby Brown! I wish everyone well in all their endeavors. Thanks and keep posting. 
 
The truth is more powerful and more influential than any politician or campaign. This is the truth.
 
I appreciate the thought provoking post +Colby Brown and the information +Jay Patel .

More from UNESCO: 775 million adults (15 years and older) still cannot read or write – two-thirds of them (497 million) are women. Even though the size of the global illiterate population is shrinking, the female proportion has remained virtually steady at 63% to 64%. http://www.uis.unesco.org/literacy/Pages/adult-youth-literacy-data-viz.aspx

I am very thankful that I don't have to make this trek to send my child to school in the Himalayas: Human Planet | Mountains: The most dangerous school run in the world | Sundays, 7.30pm, ABC1
 
Wow are those real statistic ,if so then i say thank you lord that i can do all those thing; and say a prayer for those who can not and hope they can in the future God Bless America
 
Thanks for the insight. My problems seem small :-) 
 
Thanks for the insight. My problems seem small :-) 
 
Thanks for the insight. My problems seem small :-) 
 
Looking forward to seeing more about Bolivia...
 
Thanks for the insight. My problems seem small :-) 
 
Thanks for the insight. My problems seem small :-) 
 
Great insight,it makes my problems seem small:-)
 
Life is all about one's perspective!!! Thanks for posting this!!
 
Now all we have to do is see the world from the perspective of those who are not as educated, informed,, privileged as we are...there are way more of them than us, and if we keep screwing up the world, they will be the only ones capable of surviving what we leave behind.
 
You can get the same perspective in many countries, including the U.S. of A.
 
I grew up in a poor country. We had to go wait in line many times to buy food. At the time, there was not just lack of resources, but lack of opportunity.
Thanks for sharing Colby. If more people in well off countries can see the really poor ones it would help them realize how blessed they truly are.
 
soungning
oh.............how can I find it?
 
that really makes u stop and think about how lucky u r. IT is very touching about all of the people who rnt as lucky.
 
its makes us happy  wen we come to knw how we are blessed so much....:)
 
mmm...yeah, this does put things into perceptive.
 
be happy there right u just don;t know how lucky u r take it and run with it. end
 
What about access to the Internet? I think all of us would be stressed if we lost it. But we are some of the very few who use it on a daily basis - an integral part of our lives- 
 
He who knows he has enough is rich.
 
I have a "house" for my car (I HAVE a car) and own my own home - and I'm a WOMAN....in most of the world, not only unheard of, but I'm WEALTHY!  Not so much here in the States :) - perspective....
 
that is deep stuff and so true !!!!! :(
 
aWe$0mE dUdE..........
it is heart touching......... :))
 
Good one! I will stop complaining, because I am richer, blessed, luckier and fortunate.
 
very very true, will remember. xxx :) its actually quite sad so :(
 
I enjoyed reading this. Also wasn't bad from a design perspective either (fonts, coloring and everything else.)
 
I am all of those things! I never realized how blessed I am! Now I will always be thankful for what I have! :)
 
Just be thankful. It's hard sometimes, I know, but we should be thankful none the less...
 
Just be thankful. It's hard sometimes, I know, but we should be thankful none the less...
 
How many people actually think about this without being reminded I know don't always this world is all about me me me instead of others others others 
 
Wow, snap attitude readjustment! Thanks +Colby Brown for bringing this perspective!
 
That's a way better way to look at things...we really are fortunate!
 
I knew I was incredibly blessed, but it's always good to be reminded just how much. There is so much we take for granted in our every day lives that it is all too easy to overlook things we feel are "common". Thanks for posting this +Colby Brown, totally awesome!
 
we do have it pretty good don't we?  My kids drink clean water, eat good food, live in an airconditioned home and have the luxury of being bored.  Life isn't so bad
 
im touched! thats a WHOLE new perspective
 
I have have Al of the above, have suffered imprisonment, torture and starvation as a abandoned child. I have only myself to thank for where I am now. I did the worst tasks one could imagine to survive. Lucky me.
 
I have have Al of the above, have suffered imprisonment, torture and starvation as a abandoned child. I have only myself to thank for where I am now. I did the worst tasks one could imagine to survive. Lucky me.
 
I have have Al of the above, have suffered imprisonment, torture and starvation as a abandoned child. I have only myself to thank for where I am now. I did the worst tasks one could imagine to survive. Lucky me.
 
me & my frends are now living by this now(:
 
This picture is making me feel more thankful to god and my parents! Lucky!
 
yes , i agree with that
 
Thats a brilliant image, and sadly, its all true
 
I have always been content with what I've been blessed with; food, water, good health and money. Too many of us wish for things on top of this but fail to realise there are millions around the world who would die for what we take for granted. I thank God for this blessing. 
 
Sad but true. If All of us try - we could make this world a better place.
 
Wow that was deep  I give an amen to that
 
Just be thankful for what you have. That's the point. Regardless of stats. 
 
Just be thankful for what you have. That's the point. Regardless of stats. 
 
Just be thankful for what you have. That's the point. Regardless of stats. 
 
Just be thankful for what you have. That's the point. Regardless of stats. 
 
Nice message of encouragement! Thanks for the share.
 
realy?i thnk im mre fortunate coz i hv read th message hundred times
 
somehow this sounds insulting, but it touches me :-) 
 
somehow this sounds insulting, but it touches me :-) 
 
Like it. Sometimes we asked to much than appreciate what we've got..
 
I leave comments on Facebook already, but here one more time... We all need to be thankful, what we have... there is so many out there have nothing at all... 
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And what if I don't more than that? Who's gonna help me?
 
I work a round a lot of people and some of the customers I take care of all they do is complain about what they don't have or they bitch about other people around them. I see every day how lucky I am to have what I have . I am in my late 40's and I see the kids these days that kids are very lazy and don't want to work. I asked my son to do something and he ask me what I would give him. ( a foot up his ass ) but u touch them thy will call the cops. And my son wants for nothing he has every thing he needs that's what is wrong with
us parents these days we need to stop giving so much . So every one that reads this think about what I say. Stop complaining about the small stuff and enjoy your life and be happy for what u have.🐳🌷
 
Wow really makes you think that we could be donating money to the poor and starving instead of buyin the latest iPad 3...just think before you buy.
 
Thank you so much for sharing this. Sometimes we all need a little reminder. Especially when things seem to be going down hill.
 
Thanks Brown for this important informations that reminded us how much blessed we're so we stop complaining about some unimportant problems.
 
I love this.i would like to save a copy for myself, but cannot.:(
 
I like it! But it's kinda confusing :P
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wow many people dont think that way and complain even though they have all this..........sad what this world has come to
 
i dont know what range i am in but just got my heartbroken lost everything only the cloths on my back what percetage do i fall in?
 
I must say, +Colby Brown that is an invigorating picture. I especially enjoy the correlation with the post...
 
i lost everything as well but what i learned is to be stronger and get back on my feet and keep trying
 
Am i the only one who feel these make me feel extremely ungrateful?
 
+Maria Caballero You have a computer and or phone... I'm sure your pretty piece of technology is worth some currency. Thus meaning you haven't lost everything. I assume you are relatively healthy as well.
 
You know, I prefer, as a matter of course, to look at the glass as half full.  I think it's important to remember these words.  However, you can't judge one person's situation based off of someone else in another country.  Here in the grand ole US of A, for example, you can fit most categories on this list and still lose your kids because the government doesn't like the fact that they're living with out electricity in an otherwise nice home (because you cannot afford the electric bill).

Besides, it IS important to remember where you are blessed and how, if that only blessing is well, at least I'm still alive.  However, I believe it's a mistake to follow it to the opposite end and start dismissing legitmitate complaints purely because someone, somewhere else, is worse off.  Someone will always be better or worse off in many different ways.  Compassion for ill luck, minor or major is better than dismissive attitudes.  Also, the poorest person in the world can be the most fortunate under a certain set of circumstances and perspectives.

All the same, it is good to remember your blessings, but don't let that ruin your compassion for others with reasonable complaints and bad luck.
 
Think of it this way. Be grateful for whatever you have, for no matter how little it is theres always someone with less.
 
do the 75% have a job?  that helps ya know!   grrrrrrrr
 
Wow, that is something that really really makes you think!!!
 
I agree. I really makes me think too.
 
Moral of the story ? Be thankful for what you have in life ... No matter what you do, where you live , how much money you have in life... We have one life, so better if you star enjoying it !!!
Anyway , I'm currently in Bolivia ( Santa Cruz ) if you need a hand get in touch with me, Bolivia is a beautiful country and also unfair.. 
 
wow, makes u think. and apreiciate things and not take them for granted. espaecially me.
 
Taking a contrary view, if there are so many people born into such poverty and suffering then why don't we teach contraception to these nations as a priority - trying to help them in other ways isn't working.

btw, I know this isn't a popular view, and it's not the entire view I take, but one should occasionally play devil's advocate and look at the problem from a different angle, rather than simply thanking a deity for their lot in life.
 
Very true. Many people take for granted what privileges they have. We need to stop and think that right now, someone is suffering worse than we are (no matter if you and _____ just broke up). And if you just read that, then you are very lucky, too many people don't have the privilege of the internet.
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Good one but my employment prospects and future are still fuck-d. >_o At least I won't starve though because I live in a country with a welfare system. Even if everyone is always moaning about scroungers. :-)
 
This pic does exactly as it says: it gives you perspective. and today, it is so damn easy to lose that. People get so caught up in the little shits of their lives and they don't recognize all the glories of it. And I can't pretend that I'm an exception. 
I'm gonna put this up on my bedroom wall so i can read it everyday 
 
I rather to call REALITY CHECK ... I live in London but I decided to come to Bolivia because I wanted to do something different ... I learnt a huge lesson .. Some countries are not just poor they are unfair ... Poverty in that part of the world is shocking ... People don't ask you for money they ask you for food .. Seeing a 4 years kiddo eating 4 pieces of bread in a row is touching ... So that's the reason why I get this picture Soooo welll!! ... Been there done that ... Twice . 
 
I'm so grateful
ive never really though about it that way
 
are you seriously gonna say you travel all over the world and complain about being rich??????  get a clue
 
Wow, I never knew I was so lucky.
 
thanks for the reminder that not all are as fortunate as we are. gratitude is not enough we have a duty to share
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This gives us a perspective of how blessed we are
Ben Hsu
 
This gives us a perspective of how blessed we are
Ben Hsu
 
This gives us a perspective of how blessed we are
Ben Hsu
 
This gives us a perspective of how blessed we are
 
So true. I'm going to donate to a food shelter. 
 
That's very true.  I knew how blessed we were, but I didn't think we were this blessed.
 
So true, big eye opener, pray for all those in the world that need Jesus before fame and wealth, He supplies all your needs 
 
So true, big eye opener, pray for all those in the world that need Jesus before fame and wealth, He supplies all your needs 
 
So true, big eye opener, pray for all of them! 
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That made me feel a lot happier....
 
+Karem Valdez how can you read a post about all the things people DON'T have and leave a comment saying that Jesus supplies all your needs? Clearly he doesn't..
 
I am entranced by the music of Bolivia. In fact what a perfect morning to listen to some. Thank you for reminding me +Colby Brown :)
 
I love that!!! It so true, it made me really think. We're so fortunate to be able to have all these things, while some people have none of it. We're even fortunate to be able to read that!!!!!
 
This is so very true, you speak the up most THRUTH
 
Wonder who put these data together, but even should they not be absolutely correct, they are really sobering!   
 
I feel entitled only to my thoughts. Not even to myself. Key here is how i FEEL about this THOUGHT that will make my experience what most will call good or bad.
 
There's no Jesus that has blessed me but I will say I'm living a decent life. However I'll admit that the truth of others living far below me does nothing for me desiring to still want a little more of the pie.

I truly feel for those born in places of severe poverty (while hating the parents that bring future generations into such dire straits)!
 
I'm sorry but so? We are over populated as a planet, why do you think these statistics are even in existance? 
 
I'm sorry but so? We are over populated as a planet, why do you think these statistics are even in existance? 
 
I'm sorry but so? We are over populated as a planet, why do you think these statistics are even in existance? 
 
It doesn't day why they can't read it. Did you factor blind people into your statistics?
 
this sounds like a democrat asking for hand outs
 
We are so accustomed to our way of life that we take things for granted. Thanks for the reality check. Certainly public schools should reinforce these facts to all students. To really understand what America is you need to live outside of it for a while.
 
I thank the divine for have provided me with all his blessings....
 
This is so true, not too many people are perceptive in aspect of life and the world we live.
 
it is realy touching and amax=zing how it can touch you
 
Wow. Now I'm going to feel guilty for the rest of my life.
 
A great gratitude inducing reminder, thanks Colby.
 
I think your work is great, Will you follow me back?
 
This is a really important message I think because it sends a message to people that are not thankful for what they have like most of the young people today.
 
Pitying sentiment will not help those that need help, in fact it never has. Complete solidarity, above everything, is the only way humanity can help itself. Alas, we have long been infected with greed, we're ruled over, by deceit, polished with articulate bullshit, administered to us by force if necessary. They are no worse off than we are, just a different shade of grey. Freedom does not exist for any living being on this planet, it is all at the mercy of mankind's arrogance and presumed authority... not least of all, its stupidity.
 
If God has made you content with what you have that is all that matters. All the money in the world won't buy you that.
 
Yes, everybody close up and focus on yourselves and what you have. Seems just about the going rate to me.
 
Very humbling were very lucky. In this country have a welfare. To fall back on
 
Very nice, we need to remember this. Its very passionate, love it.
 
This article seems having all the bright side its nice .. but how would you know tomorrow's going to be a better day without experiencing PAIN .. i like the article though but this "IF" thing really scares the hell out of me ..
What if i were the president
What if i were Buddha (well that would have been great though lol )
 
They all want a kick up.the ass in this country there very lazy to much done got everything on tap
 
So true, as former Soldier, I have been blessed to have seen the good, the bad and the ugly of this world. Amazing how so many walk around immune to what the "real" world is...
 
‏​‏​‏​‏​ربي ﻻا تحرم والدتي : ‏​‏​‏​‏​‏​‏​
من الجنہ ة فهَي لم تحرمني .
شيئاا في الدنياا ♡♡
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I've read (an old Economist article) that the lowest income welfare recipients in the USA actually had higher income that the chief of surgery at a major hospital in Kinshasa, Congo.
 
Great display for students corridor in school next week. Thank you
 
Great display for students corridor in school next week. Thank you
 
Wow. This really puts things in perspective....wow.
 
I am greatful...is gratitude a verb? I try to share the wealth
 
so proud to be blessed fortunate loved survivor and most of all inthe good grace of the lord
 
People often overlook how nice life is with the most simple of things, and easily underappreciate what is there in front. Life is work and never easy
 
People often overlook how nice life is with the most simple of things, and easily underappreciate what is there in front. Life is work and never easy
 
People often overlook how nice life is with the most simple of things, and easily underappreciate what is there in front.
 
People often overlook how nice life is with the most simple of things, and easily underappreciate what is there in front.
 
Here's another sad stat, 98% of the people who read this will forget it by tomorrow.
 
you dont know what you have until you lose it
 
Here's another sad stat, 98% of the people who read this will forget it by tomorrow.
 
So true...never thought about it that way. Life is good
 
So true, just be thankful for what u have instead of wanting what u dont have
 
So true, just be thankful for what u have instead of wanting what u dont have
 
So true, just be thankful for what u have instead of wanting what u dont have
 
I agree on it We are most blessed bec. we are still alive & can read .That is a little gift to us.Be thankful of it.
 
i promiss i will not forget and i will pray for all the unlucky ones
 
I can't believe that I take all of the things listed for granted.
 
You don't think how fortunate you are until you're reminded.
 
Humility is a blessing, the seed of joy.
 
this person made me feel bad for most of the world
 
THANK THE MAN ABOVE THERE R STILL PEOPLE LIKE U IN THIS WORLD THAT R GRATEFUL FOR LIFE, HEALTH, AND EVERYTHING THAT SURROUNDS U. KEEP DOING WHAT YOUR DOING, U SEEM LIKE YOU'RE CONTENT WITH YOUR LIFE!
 
But it seems very tenuous to me right now. I feel as if
 
be grateful for what we have now:D
 
Really kool ill be sure to share this with all my friend fortunate enough to recieve it!

It really makes you think…
 
and if you can afford google too
 
WOW!  I was just complaining about not having enough.  I should stop complaining now. 
 
Sometimes we really don't realize just how lucky we are!
 
the fairtrade ppl taught me something like dis too :)
 
we are so thankful of wat we have but we dont apreciatte it until it dissapears and u live on the streets and have pain and r suffering and r blind and live in other countrys.................we just dont know how lucky we r
 
It's not that we are fortunate. It's that they are getting more screwed by the (globally its way less than)1% than the rest of us. 
 
That is amazing! I feel bad 4 the people that can't read!
 
That is amazing! I feel bad 4 the people that can't read!
 
That is amazing! I feel bad 4 the people that can't read!
 
If only those who have it all would fight for those who have none rather than cry for the things they do not need. - a  disgruntled Quebec resident
 
"its a good reminder of how God has blessed americans today"

Yes, Jessica, because America is the only developed country in the entire world -_-
 
Wow makes me realise i am very fortunate.
 
Wow...you never really think about things like that!
 
That makes me feel that much luckier
 
That makes me feel that much luckier
 
That makes me feel that much luckier
 
That makes me feel that much luckier
 
not really.  I see the point you're trying to make but if you just look around you, you don't have to look outside the U.S..  It's all propaganda, I myself have lost 30 pounds because I can't afford to eat, I basically beg for scraps.  Government won't help me out as I'm a guy with no kids.  Bastards.  Where area ll the ladies who want babies for wellfare?
 
yeah you dont think about things like that
 
True for sure. I was reminded of this this summer on my trip to Thailand
 
Everything is relative.

If you make $51,000/year (average North American salary) you are just like the rest of North America, trapped in financial slavery, and not able to afford an airplane ticket to fly to some of the places in the third world that make our lives look so good.

I couldn't agree less with this post. I'm sorry. Corporate greed hurts us all. 
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If you read every comment up to and including mine, you have more free time than 99.8% of the world's population.

That said, I think about these things a lot since this same thing or something similar is posted to G+ at least once a month. ;)
 
Ty 4 this one... It makes me feel very blessed and appreciative of the things I usually take 4 granted! Have a blessed weekend- Amen!
 
That's why good education is so important to open your eyes, expand your perspective. Growing up as a Christian then studying religion at UC Berkeley presented me to a world I never knew existed, yet I've lived in it my entire life.
 
That's why good education is so important to open your eyes, expand your perspective. Growing up as a Christian then studying religion at UC Berkeley presented me to a world I never knew existed, yet I've lived in it my entire life.
 
That's why good education is so important to open your eyes, expand your perspective. Growing up as a Christian then studying religion at UC Berkeley presented me to a world I never knew existed, yet I've lived in it my entire life.
 
That's why good education is so important to open your eyes, expand your perspective. Growing up as a Christian then studying religion at UC Berkeley presented me to a world I never knew existed, yet I've lived in it my entire life.
 
That's why good education is so important to open your eyes, expand your perspective. Growing up as a Christian then studying religion at UC Berkeley presented me to a world I never knew existed, yet I've lived in it my entire life.
 
BEAUTIFUL!!!
DEEP AND MEANINGFUL-MOST PEOPLE TAKE FOR GRANTED HOW LUCK WE ARE!!!

 
BEAUTIFUL!!!
DEEP AND MEANINGFUL-MOST PEOPLE TAKE FOR GRANTED HOW LUCK WE ARE!!!

 
Some people think that they aren't privileged because they don't have the latest gadget or clothing because there clothing and technology it 'just so yesterday', but those people are extremely lucky! 
 
So basically if you don't live in Africa or Asia....
 
+Jessica Guy Amen about the NUTT job! lol
There are soooo many selfish people in the world who think that it's all about themselves!
Which honestly, these people probably cause about 60-70% of the problems of the world today!!!
"WAKE UP EVERYONE - WE'RE ALL IN THIS TOGETHER....BE AN ANGEL & PAY IT FORWARD!!!"
;-$ <3 <3 <3 O:-)
 
Sad. but yet so very very true...
 
From the attached article: " the richest 2% of adults in the world own more than half of global household wealth. The most comprehensive study of personal wealth ever undertaken also reports that the richest 1% of adults alone owned 40% of global assets in the year 2000, and that the richest 10% of adults accounted for 85% of the world total. In contrast, the bottom half of the world adult population owned barely 1% of global wealth."

http://www.gizmag.com/go/6571/

It's all about perspective. The top 1% can solve the world's problems. I am thankful for all that I have, but recognize that there are powers hard at work to ensure that I have less tomorrow. This post is warm and fuzzy, but irrelevant.
 
+Jessica Guy I didn't wake up in a bad mood. I was seriously thankful and grateful of my own situation that I am in. BUT, then I stepped back and evaluated THEIR situation. Take global GDP and divide by every human. Evaluate the situation and find the problem. Maybe my problem was I thought about them instead of thanking whichever god applied to the place of my birth and continuing to be a happy minion. 
 
I am humbled everytimei read this and I read it every day.....
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