It’s interesting when you see someone help someone, and the reaction it provokes… Like giving a homeless man a dollar, and the person you’re with turning to you saying in a whisper “they’ll only use that for drugs.”
It’s sad, but true. Take this article for example, over at Business Insider… It’s basically the same thing.
There are people who feel that the uber rich have caused dire living conditions for people around the world. In part it’s no doubt true. But when someone stops the greed and starts giving back, they should be applauded not reviled. Much like a smoker who quits smoking, or a drinker who quits drinking – give them encouragement for turning their life around. Even if it’s one less act of greed, it’s one step to betterment.
Unfortunately America is filled with two opposing (and flawed) views:
- The rich are evil
- I worked hard for what I own, let the poor work for their own stuff like I did
It’s Schizophrenic, but it’s how many in our society think. On one hand they condemn the 1%, and on the other they hoard their own wealth.
When Bill & his wife (along with Warren Buffet) decided to work on a program to give away most of their income to the charities of the world – I thought I’d hear praise. But instead, people like Wilson (and Business Insider) reject the offer with disdain – citing Gates and Buffet as the source of the problem to begin with. Complaining that Gates and Buffet are not really helping anyone anyway. It’s more of a “feel good” measure, with no tangible results. That’s basically the summation of the article written by Linette Lopez over at Business Insider.
What Linette Lopez from Business Insider wrote about, was to side with Wilson for his disdain to Gate’s offer and to state as fact, that the help Gates will give does nothing for anyone (except his own ego evidently.) Yet if Gates did nothing, hoarded his wealth and kept quiet I doubt anyone would offer any abuse towards his actions (other then comments about his operating system.) Isn’t that funny? People who get angry over giving, never get angry over not giving? I looked at the variety of articles Linette was writing about over the past year. In looking at her work I wasn’t seeing her disdain to the 1% uber rich. Instead I found articles praising wall street, talking about how to drink socially – nothing really linking to her sentiment of the Gates Foundation.
So what is it that gets people like that all up in arms? It’s seeing someone do something and succeed at it. When a person gives quietly, or gives openly but suffers for it – no one is upset. But give publicly, and suggest others do the same, it spawns anger in a small percentage of people… In my experience this small percent happens to have a very loud voice. They are the complainers. They are negative to the core. Nothing is what it appears. No good is ever found, and it justifies a lifestyle of “me first,” rather than helping others.
Back to the Business Insider article… Is that true that Gates offer is worthless? For that to be true, you would have had to go over to http://www.gatesfoundation.org/What-We-Do and systematically investigate each of the programs they say they do.
If those programs exist and operate to the degree they claim, it has to be accepted that they are bettering society. So why condemn it?
From a spiritual (and positive) perspective (which my blog is based) that’s the nature of our lives. We aren’t tied down to “well I did all this crap, I am a failure and lost…” We can change and in time, we will improve. To move through our own evolution, we should always reward people for the good they do, and not continuously degrade them for their past mistakes.
A disciple of Yogananda’s once left her teacher and later returned as a disciple again… some of the other disciples chastised her for leaving in the first place, and she simply asked, “how long will you crucify me for my mistakes?”
It seems that a percentage of any group will fight the group’s goals, and actively attack any betterment they see from a group. I don’t know the psychology behind it, but it’s recognizable all the same.
Instead of judging a person or group for giving back (and making repair), see it as a life lesson. It’s not too late for any of us to help those around us, with our time, compassion and income.