Thursday, October 8, 2009

Reingold Beer

Global Post reported this today. "Need to know: The global Muslim population stands at 1.57 billion, meaning that nearly 1 in 4 people practice Islam. A new report, three years in the making, presents a portrait of the Muslim world that might surprise some. For instance, Germany has more Muslims than Lebanon, China has more Muslims than Syria, Russia has more Muslims than Jordan and Libya combined, and Ethiopia has nearly as many Muslims as Afghanistan."

By the way, the number one religion in the world remains Christianity.

This reminded me of the Reingold Beer ads in New York City in the 1960s. They would say that there were more Irish in New York City than in all of Ireland. There were more Jews in New York City than in all of Israel. Their point was that, at the time, Reingold Beer was the number one selling beer in New York so by reference it would be true that it was the number one beer of each of the many ethnic and religious groups in the city. I have no idea if that was true.

That was nearly 40 years ago and the point is that we live in a global society. It is just plain dumb for the United States or any country to be geocentric. Thomas Friedman was right when he titled his best selling book, "The World is Flat." You may not like it but I would ask that you make a very strong effort to deal with it.

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