The World in Balance.
Very near the beginning of time, God went missing for six days.
Eventually, Michael the Archangel found him, resting quietly on the seventh day. He inquired of God, "Where have you been?" God sighed a deep sigh of satisfaction and proudly pointed downwards through the clouds, "Look Michael, Behold what I have made."
Archangel Michael looked puzzled and said, "What is it?" "It's a planet," replied God, "and I've put Life on it. I'm going to call it Earth and it's going to be a great place of balance."
"Balance?", inquired Michael.
God explained, pointing to different parts of earth, "For example, northern Europe will be a place of great opportunity and wealth while southern Europe is going to be poor; the Middle East over there will be a hot spot. Over there I've placed a continent of white people and over there is a continent of black people,"
God continued, pointing to different countries. "This one will be extremely hot and arid while this one will be very cold and covered in ice." The Archangel, impressed by God's work, then pointed to a large green land mass and said, "What's that one?"
"Ah," said God. "That's New York, the most glorious place on earth. There are beautiful lakes, rivers, glorious sunsets and rolling hills. The people from New York are going to be modest, intelligent and equitable, and they are going to be found traveling the world. They will be extremely sociable, hard working and high achieving, and they will be known throughout the world as diplomats, master craftsmen, standard-bearers, and purveyors of peace."
Michael reveled in wonder and admiration at the masterpiece set before him but then exclaimed, "What about balance, God? You said there would be balance!"
God replied wisely, "Ahh, wait until you see the idiots I'm putting in New Jersey"
(Just Substitute your favorite State or Country)