Saturday, January 17, 2009

Quote Of The Every Other Day...


"Interestingly, neither Gates nor Buffett seems motivated by the possibility of being rewarded in heaven for his good deeds on earth. Gates told a Times interviewer, "There's a lot more I could be doing on a Sunday morning" than going to church. Put them together with Andrew carnegie, famous for his free thinking, and three of the four greatest American philanthropists have been atheists or agnostics. (The exception is John D. Rockefeller.) In a country in which 96% of the population say they believe in a supreme being, that's a striking fact. It seems that in one sense, Gates and Buffett are probably less self interested in their charity than someone like Mother Teresa, who as a pious Roman Catholic believed in reward and punishment in the afterlife."

Peter Singer in his essay, What Should A Billionaire Give? In his research for the essay, Mr. Singer calculated how much America's top 10% of income earners actually make and concludes that it would be easy for the world's rich to virtually eliminate global poverty. Mr. Singer is the Ira W. DeCamp Professor of Bioethics at the Center for Human Values at Princeton University.

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