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Is Bill GATES’s model in Orthodoxy? Let’s find out.
His life, summarized, according to Wikipedia:
William Henry “Bill” Gates III (born October 28, 1955) is an American business magnate, philanthropist, author, and is chairman of Microsoft, the software company he founded with Paul Allen. He is consistently ranked among the world’s wealthiest people and was the wealthiest overall from 1995 to 2009, excluding 2008, when he was ranked third.
As of 2007, Bill and Melinda Gates were the second-most generous philanthropists in America, having given over $28 billion to charity.
So, the story goes like this:
- Do something better than others, which gets you a fortune;
- Donate most money for others’ help.
OK, sorry, there’s nothing to tell, the facts speak for themselves. He is, from my perspective, an Orthodox model.
How about other’s perspective? I can only speculate objections:
- A. “He’s rich; he should live a modest life”;
- B. “I don’t like some of the methods used for getting rich”;
- C. “He’s not Orthodox”.
My responses to these arguments:
- A. Richness is fine; obscene richness is fine; there’s no sin in that; if you think you can optimize the way in which he spends his money, fine, but richness is fine;
- B. Most of the methods were legal; business is business; you don’t have to like this, your opinion is really unasked in this situation; did he apply state laws? If yes, then everything’s fine;
- C. This has two answers:
- He can be an Orthodox model even if he’s not an Orthodox practitioner; take what he does good and ignore the rest;
- Let’s say person A does one huge great thing and a sin; who are you to tell that for his sin, person A will not be considered better than you? All you know is “a sin is a sin” and “a good thing is a good thing”; the evaluation heaven / no heaven is, most likely, complex, and an argument “A did a sin” is not enough, in my opinion.
The most important argument: in Orthodoxy, there’s a tendency to focus on small things, on the principle that stepping on the grass will cause sufferance; sometimes the big picture is much better than the small one.
As an Orthodox model, in details, I have Nicolae STEINHARDT. As an overall business model (the way in which I live my life), I can learn a lot from Bill GATES (there’s no need to enter the details, the overall model is great enough).
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