Bill Gates makes people angry, which is good. However, we sense and believe that Bill Gates is a good man and will stop malaria on planet Earth soon. Hell, I don't know Bill Gates personally, but there is light around him; he feels to be doing good work; I cannot sense the dark side.
Not everyone will be able to say, "I saved millions of lives."
To Bill, I, Andy Lee Graham, say: I nominate you for Sainthood. Screw the Nobel Prize. Go, Boy!
Bill Gates is an Entrepreneur Saint
I told a friend of mine, “You are a saint.”
Well, talking over Skype, it seems to me as if the unforgiven sins of my friend have won. He goes into this tirade, a rant about how he is not a saint, and makes mumble-jumble noise. In many ways, it felt as though he took more pride in being a jerk than a saint.
And finally in exasperation, I just said, “Say, thank you. It was a compliment.”
I have many conversations with friends, and amazingly to me, my friends take great pride in being jerks and deny ever doing good deeds. And often they are more saintly than the holier-than-though groups.
And, here I am in Kara, Togo, working on malaria, m, Andy Lee Graham, and for sure I am not a saint. I am not sure this is even slightly noble. I named this website “Malaria NIMBY dot org” for a simple, selfish reason. I want to live in Kara, Togo, for 2-4 months per year, and I do not want to think about malaria; I do not want this ever stupid parasite disease in my backyard. I care about my yar here; I am not all that excited about your yard, unless for some reason I become your neighbor. I believe I can eradicate malaria in Kara, so I have no reason to avoid this path; it is the right path to take.
Yet, what am I up to? Why care about malaria? And, Andy, let us move onto Bill Gates. Why should this man care about malaria? OK, we can also blame his wife: It is the Bill and Melinda Gate Foundation that technically cares.
And, Bill Gates is not technically a saint.
And, my friend is not technically a saint.
Why did I call my friend a saint, and why is Bill Gates a saint?
For the most part, we can see that Bill Gates turns away from the dark side. But get me right here, I not saying he was ever dark. I am saying that he has come to a path – one is dark, the other is light – and he takes the road less taken.
In as much arrogances as I can muster, we must know it is possible we can forgive ourselves long enough to take the road less taken. My friend was never a saint, and Bill Gate was never a saint, but both share the same desire to take the road less traveled and do the next best thing correctly. Each choice we make can be saintly. It is our intention seen in the light of day, and it is quite obvious my friend does good deeds, and Bill Gates does some whoppers.
‘Imagine,’ by Bill Gates
Imagine, just for the sake of discussion, that you had a few hours a week and a few dollars a month to donate to a cause — and you wanted to spend that time and money where it would have the greatest impact in saving and improving lives. Where would you spend it?
For Melinda and for me, the challenge is the same: how can we do the most good for the greatest number with the resources we have.
Robert Frost (1874–1963). “Mountain Interval.” 1920.
The Road Not Taken
TWO roads diverged in a yellow wood,
And sorry I could not travel both
And be one traveler, long I stood
And looked down one as far as I could
To where it bent in the undergrowth;
Then took the other, as just as fair,
And having perhaps the better claim,
Because it was grassy and wanted wear;
Though as for that the passing there
Had worn them really about the same,
And both that morning equally lay
In leaves no step had trodden black.
Oh, I kept the first for another day!
Yet knowing how way leads on to way,
I doubted if I should ever come back.
I shall be telling this with a sigh
Somewhere ages and ages hence:
Two roads diverged in a wood, and I—
I took the one less traveled by,
And that has made all the difference.
Our Challenge at Malaria NIMBY ORG
Our challenge is to remove the obstacles from the path, to walk on the road less taken, not because we are saints, but because we want our house clean and malaria free — NOT IN MY BACK YARD and not in yours.
Thank you, Bill Gates, for carrying the big malaria logs, and here at Malaria NIMBY, we will clean our yard, making it a malaria-free zone.
Andy Lee Graham
October 30, 2013, in Kara, Togo West Africa, a little cultural paradise somewhere on the other side of planet.
"Le vie est belle."