Billionaire AND Philanthropist. Huh?

 

To have money to burn

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For a person to spend 30 years perpetuating a system which creates fiscal inequity and then at 50 go all “philanthropy” gives me a problem.  To suddenly decide that “I want to help the poor starving kiddies in Bongo Bongo land”, when one has spent the lion’s share of one’s career working within the very system that distorts and delineates fiscal worth and reward, has got to be the arc of hypocrisy.

I find it a bit sick making.  With people for whom “compassion” is not something they’re terribly familiar with, “charity” (not a word I like) is often just another extension of their egos, in the same way that amassing disproportionate wealth is.  It’s more like “Look at me giving money and clothing and raising money for those poor exploited women / kiddies in “Insert third world nation name”… I MUST be a “good person”… I am a “Philanthropist” – new word everyone seems to like.

I saw an interview on TV with Bill Gates… in which he was described in the super – the text under his image – as “BILL GATES, BILLIONAIRE PHILANTHROPIST”.  I hope, dear Lord I hope that that was done without his input / consent.  To describe yourself as a “Billionaire Philanthropist” must be the zenith of ego, and the deepest chasm of spiritual poverty.

To be honest, my attitude is that if you have, through sheer fucking luck, opportunity, and being able to “fit in” with the way the “system” works and rewards what we call “hard work” (soul-destroying, line-toeing, sycophantic-bum-crawling, back-stabbing dishonesty, & toadyism), and you have amassed “disproportionate” wealth, then it is your DUTY to help those in need.  DUTY.

I’m tired of the dog-eat-dog, every man (what about the women I scream in mock hysteria) for himself kind of world… it isn’t my world, and it isn’t one that I can be “successful” in.

Gosh, why is “successful” in inverted commas – what are you getting at Rooshkie ?   I guess my point is… define success ?!  Is it riches ?  That’s what most people I know seem to think.  Riches or status.  That’s all.  Nothing else.  Nothing else rates.

Honesty, decency, ethics, kindness, caring, compassion, genuine goodness of idea, intention and action… do not rate on the “success” scale.  They are as nothing.  In fact they are treated with a particular kind of contempt reserved only for “deluded idealists”.

So, for those of us who don’t “fit” the Westernised first-world notion of “success”… let’s fucking hope there’s another judge !!!

I’m pretty much depending upon it myself, that when I get to the Pearly Gates of Nirvana, that Allah Buddha Muhammed Jesus Mary & Joseph or whomever, says,

“Yes, Rooshkie – you had it right all along, and all of those “successful” people (read as self-serving, pocket-filling) have to go back and try again”, and YOU my dear, get to stay here in Heaven AKA Nirvana (not the band, nothing to do with Kurt Cobain) AKA Shangri-La (not the Hotel chain), and live out the remainder of eternity (!) in bliss”.

Rooshkie (en route… not too soon if you please… to Heaven).  x.

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3 thoughts on “Billionaire AND Philanthropist. Huh?

  1. Big hug. Have you tried the website ‘Unfuck the world’ Like your comments and Monty Pythons Flying Circus they illuminate various parts of the human condition. I’m not sure if its individual wealth that is at the root of abject poverty and inequality. My feeling is that its the pursuit of more than enough without a care for the how it is attained that is not good for the nurturing heartbeat of humanity.
    Without wanting to delve too deeply I see a subtle global trend for those that have, to get sucked into the unspoken of idea that ‘growth’ at all costs must be maintained. It’s as if some elitist club is not aware that the chocolate in the fridge does not have to be eaten till it’s gone, and that it really matters that people are not EXPLOITED in their engagement in creativity, work, labour, endeavours call it whatever it is …… my feeling is that we have a human need to ‘engage’ with life. That is the why, or ought to be why, ignoring work and earning a crust, we have motivation to get up in the morning. There are some who don’t have or don’t know where the stop button is, or would rather their wealth acquiring habit were not fitted with one, or if it is, would rather not find it. The status quo (not the rock band) cannot be maintained without ever increasing, often subtle enslavement of the majority. I think it was Henry Ford that didn’t mind that his cars only made a penny profit because his fortune was amassed through the creation of a huge number of pennies. And, I might add a huge number of workers, working hard, not to fulfil Fords vision but to be able to afford soap to clean their greasy hands and put bread on their tables. Fords vision was not to create wealth for those who worked for him but for himself by whatever means would be required to procure cooperation. GROWTH is the holy word at the root of the dysfunctional planet. Growth is mentioned constantly by politicians, bankers, large and small corporations, manufacturers, share holders and so on, the people holding up, or expected to support this idea of GROWTH are expected to say HOORAH when BP, HSBC, the World Bank announce that their profits have risen by, £$€. People are expected to smile when in the next breath announcements are made that in order for GROWTH to continue shareholders need to be paid and so there will be a pay freeze or cut in order to maintain the steady GROWTH, security and wealth of the exploited, suppressed, deluded and in variously devious ways enslaved majority, who incidentally would also be expected to pray and pay homage to the god of GROWTH. Hey Ho, this doesn’t get the coffee in the cup.

    • Hope you had a nice coffee !! Hope it was FAIR TRADE. Smiley Face. So what’s all this GROWTH for… where does it get us… what’s the end game ? As you say, I don’t think there is one… Growth for growth’s sake (money for God’s sake). “often subtle enslavement of the majority” is a phrase of utter brilliance. and now I need a cup of tea… Hopefully FAIR TRADE. x.

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