Philanthropic Gates made honorary knight
“He won’t be called Sir Bill, he said, laughing but looking down at the table with a touch of embarrassed modesty. The richest man in the world hopes not to share the fate of Howard Stringer, chairman and chief executive of the Sony corporation. “He gets a hard time, it’s sir, sir, sir all the time,” said Bill Gates.”
Now, don’t get me wrong, but it’s funny to have read blog entries crying out that one of the most despised technological geniuses and premiere business architects has been knighted. What I find interesting about this is how people associate Gates’ job with him as though that is all he does, as though he is a fixture of Microsoft, doing nothing but working. Hello people, he does have a personal life, he is married, he has parents, he’s not just a workaholic like most people may think that he is.
For instance, he and his wife Melinda have a philanthropic foundation that has very little to do with Bill’s day job. Not only do they have scholarships available to give aspiring students a chance at going to an academic institute that they might not otherwise be able to afford to attend, but the also donate millions of dollars a year to different causes attempting to better America. And it doesn’t just stop there, Gates’ foundation is working to help educate other countries around the world that don’t quite have the many benefits of a free education that so many people take for granted here in America. In addition they are working to helpout nations with health problems.
So explain to me why it is that we associate people with their day jobs so much? Hardly anyone knows what I do and Isort of prefer to keep it that way, allowing me to enjoy my life outside of work, allowing me to work in the lives of others. Why not give people like Bill a chance to do that as well? Sure, not many people are happy with the way that Microsoft does things, but at least he’s trying to do things for the bettering of humanity…