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First, my pledge: More than 99% of my wealth will go to philanthropy during my lifetime or at death. Measured by dollars, this commitment is large. In a comparative sense, though, many individuals give more to others every day.
Millions of people who regularly contribute to churches, schools, and other organizations thereby relinquish the use of funds that would otherwise benefit their own families. The dollars these people drop into a collection plate or give to United Way mean forgone movies, dinners out, or other personal pleasures. In contrast, my family and I will give up nothing we need or want by fulfilling this 99% pledge.
Moreover, this pledge does not leave me contributing the most precious asset, which is time. Many people, including -- I'm proud to say -- my three children, give extensively of their own time and talents to help others. Gifts of this kind often prove far more valuable than money. A struggling child, befriended and nurtured by a caring mentor, receives a gift whose value far exceeds what can be bestowed by a check. My sister, Doris, extends significant person-to-person help daily. I've done little of this.
What I can do, however, is to take a pile of Berkshire Hathaway stock certificates -- "claim checks" that when converted to cash can command far-ranging resources -- and commit them to benefit others who, through the luck of the draw, have received the short straws in life. To date about 20% of my shares have been distributed (including shares given by my late wife, Susan Buffett). I will continue to annually distribute about 4% of the shares I retain. At the latest, the proceeds from all of my Berkshire shares will be expended for philanthropic purposes by 10 years after my estate is settled. Nothing will go to endowments; I want the money spent on current needs.
I see this process as a way of manipulating it and I agree with you, the more you know the less you want to.
What about humans? Are we subject to natural selection as well? It's certain that we were -- humans only became humans because an assortment of traits (larger brains, walking upright) conferred advantages to those primates that developed them. But we're capable of influencing the distribution of our genes directly. We can use birth control, so that those of who are "fittest" in terms of natural selection might not pass on our genes at all. We use medicine and science to allow many people to live (and reproduce) who otherwise wouldn't likely survive past childhood.
finally some one with some sense lol, our governments are not out to kill us, infact people are living longer than in any other period full stop .over population could well become a problem but as for people trying to kill us off is a joke,as iv'e said before the bill gates of this world and high ranking officials have everything they need in life ,power ,money fame,they couldn't give a hog wash as long as they are riding high and living their dreams..we have to face facts that we will all grow old and die ..enjoy life,and live it
Originally posted by emsed1
reply to post by thatonedude
Gates was talking about birth control, not genocide.
lol i'm far from been naive ,i'm well educated and traveled,you don't have to be rich to be devious, id say the rich do more good in this world than most,but i suppose if you think negative then you will perceive the world in such a way,it's not perfect but they are a lot of good people in the world of politics more good than bad.. i'm thankful of living in the now ..life is what you make it ..don't blame the rich, for the worlds problems
Originally posted by hawaii50th
It's so unbelievable how naive people can be to think that the rich do not have devious minds and huge egos that are bigger than life..