May 27, 2024


Truth Triumphs

Bill Gates or Mother Teresa or Borlaug – Who has changed the world more?

Bengaluru, April 12: Mother Teresa- was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize, ranked in an American poll as the most admired person of the 20th century, famous for ministering to the poor in Calcutta, beatified by the Vatican!
Bill Gates, founded and built the world’s largest software business, Microsoft, Gates became one of the richest men in the world. Has co-founded The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation!

As for Norman Borlaug . . . who is this Norman Borlaug?
Vinoba Bhave, the spiritual heir of Gandhi, and how he walked 80 thousand kilometres across India and inspired people to donate 5 million acres to their neighbours. Yes, it has been an unprecedented feat in the history of mankind, but really, how many people remember Vinoba today? It only goes to show the selfish nature of humans and impermanence of results of lifelong struggles, name and fame!
A deeper look might lead you to rethink your answers. Borlaug is father of the “Green Revolution” that has reduced world hunger, has been credited with saving a billion lives, more than anyone else in history. Forbes magazine did a piece which reflected similarly, asking the question: “Who has changed the world more: And they concluded that it is Bill Gates.

Bill Gates used the power of money to change the world, and Mother Teresa used the power of love to change the world. So is Money greater than love! So be it!
Gates, gathered the numbers and that he could alleviate the most misery by fighting everyday scourges in the developing world like malaria, diarrhoea and parasites. The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, which funds global health and development programs. The foundation’s goals include creating a world without pandemics, making vaccines access faster and more equitable, to fight diseases like HIV, tuberculosis, and malaria globally!
Mother Teresa, for her part, extolled the virtue of love and care! I agree it is not how much one gives, but how much love we put in that act of giving is what matters. Mother Teresa was the very embodiment of saintliness: white-clad, sad-eyed, ascetic and often photographed with the poorest of the poor on the earth.

Borlaug, is an agronomist who has spent his life in labs and agricultural fields, seldom walking onto the media stage, and hence into our consciousness, at all. Bill Gates suited and booted is all charm and nuanced in simplicity of life!
One was a deliberate, sacrificial, noble, intentional life spent in the service of fellow human beings. The other was a mostly selfish venture to increase value and self-worth that ended up lifting the standards of not only Indians but the entire world; indeed, it ended up adding value and self-worth for most of the humans alive today. Mother Teresa said ‘Give until it hurts’. I’m not sure if Gates is feeling any pain.

Does this make money more important than love?
Love and money are two extremely complex subjects in their own right. When they’re mixed haphazardly, it is a recipe for disaster. They are the glue that keeps lives together. Money symbolizes security and happiness. Without love, everything you do seems meaningless. Money is important, but it is tangible. At heart we always crave for the intangibles – God, Grace, Blessings, love, pleasure, fragrance etc. Things desired but difficult to get are precious.

The adage-Money makes the world go round is more than true. When you have Money with you, you forget who you are! When you do not have money, others forget who you are! Money Is the Megaphone to Identity! Money gives you power, dignity and control. Money by itself is neither good nor bad. How money is used – makes it good or bad. Choice is yours; Money is just a tool.
To go after money is greed. To have money and flaunt it is vulgar! To spend it is reckless! But giving it to others in need is kindness and takes you to god! There is grudging but overwhelming admiration for those who make a lot of money. Society envies you! If you have In addition, good qualities it adores you.

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