Let’s look at some maps today. Now, if you hated geography in school, you might be groaning, “I hate maps!” But if you loved geography (like I did) then you’re probably thinking, “I love maps! I can’t wait to see them!” First, I must thank by good friend Sr. Mary Fran Taymans for alerting me to these maps. Some of them are unusual. So let’s begin with map #1. Map #1 is a map of which countries use the metric system (gray) and which use the imperial system (red). Any thoughts or feelings bout this? What do those of you living in the U.S. think? What about those of you not living in the U.S. Any thoughts you’d like to share?
Map #2 is a map of the world’s religions. ( reran this map toward the end of my blog so I could make it bigger.) Does anything surprise you here? What are you thinking or feeling as you gaze at this map?
Map #4 is a map of the risk of drought in the world (red = high risk, light yellow = low risk). Those of us living in the US are very aware of the drought in some parts of our country–as evidenced by so many fires and the rise in prices for goods such as beef, celery, oranges, wheat products, etc. Notice that the risk of drought is not limited to places on or near the equator.
Map #5 is a map of the rivers in the U.S. If you live in the US, how does this map make you feel? What are the names of some of the rivers near you? What impact did these rivers have on U.S. history? What impact are they having on contemporary times?
Map #6 shows us the world’s population split into equal sections of l billion people. In other words, each color represents 1 billion people. Any surprises here? What are your thoughts as you look at this map?
Here’s the map of the religions of the world again. I hope it’s easier to read.
Map #8 shows the highest paid public employees in every state in the U.S. Any comments?
Map #9 is our last world map.
Do you notice anything unusual about it? Some of you might be saying, “This map is upside down!” But what is up and down? Isn’t up simply the direction away from the center of the earth? What happens to up and down once we leave the earth? This map’s orientation is to the south–not to the north as we are accustomed to! Does looking at the world in this way do anything for you?
Those are our 9 maps for today. Does any map stand out for you? Did you learn anything from these maps? I would be interested in getting some feedback! Thank you! PS: I will be in Cullman, Alabama June 7-14 giving a day of recollection on June 7th followed by a week long retreat at the Benedictine Sisters Retreat Center there. Once again, I ask for your prayerful remembrance of these events. Thank you very much!