The Giving Pledge: a new club of billionaires who want to save the world

by gradycarter

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I thoroughly enjoy a good philosophical debate/discussion about how things should be, but I also find it inherently necessary to discuss what is. It would be wonderful if a lot of that which ails people of this world were to be easily eradicated with some hard work, some good sleep, and a maybe a little Robitussin. The reality of life for many in this world is that they just don’t have the resources to save themselves, or their loved ones. I am someone who has skepticisms about government in general terms, but I also think that it has a place in pooling resources to help those in need. I would prefer that private charity could always cover these deficits, but they just don’t, and thus we need some public service help in my opinion.

As we’ve watched the rich become richer, and the poor become poorer over the last 4 decades we have had to ask how do we maintain a balance of taking care of those in dire straights, but maintaining boundaries that would encourage people to work hard. A lot of the changing wealth gap can be attributed to growth in technology and travel which have given jobs to robots/computers, and people who are willing to work virtually for free in many parts of the world. With our nation and world facing so many growing challenges it seems that it is going to take some very big and dynamic fixes to combat our obstacles. So, while our elected leaders and our electorate seem to fail to provide a reasonable forum, and/or platform for real significant change there is now a relatively new and somewhat unexpected group of people who plan to give away at least half of their wealth to make a difference – and they happen to be the wealthiest people in the world.

 

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