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Someone Asks Why Billionaires Don’t Use Their Money To Solve World Problems, This User Explains It Perfectly
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People, Social Issues2 years ago

Someone Asks Why Billionaires Don’t Use Their Money To Solve World Problems, This User Explains It Perfectly

It’s easy to talk about honest business when you’ve never been a businessperson yourself or have never been exposed to all of the nuances of managing one. It surely is possible to develop a business that would be capable of generating millions of dollars (or more) in a given time span, or one that would be completely ethical from an employee’s perspective. However, this result is more of a trade-off rather than a fully compatible coexistence between the two.

Theresa Searcaigh, an Irish-American author of literary fantasy genre novels, posted a tweet asking the internet why billionaires like Jeff Bezos don’t use their wealth to start fixing things like helping homeless veterans and hungry children. According to her, “he could be Batman,” but it’s all “wasted.”

A woman asked why people like Jeff Bezos don’t impulsively start fixing things with their wealth

Image credits: Theresa Searcaigh (deleted)

A Tumblr user by the nickname of olivesawl posted a response to this, explaining how people who do business with a mindset of using their profits to further humanity don’t really become people like Bezos.

He continued telling a story about his dad, a businessman of 35 years, who had a business that was profitable, but it did not really expand. And the underlying reason was that it is nearly impossible to do business this way without climbing on someone’s back. He elaborates on this in the pictures below.

A Tumblr user ventured to give a little bit of perspective

Image credits: olivesawl

Olivesawl told a story of how his dad saw and did business, not trying to take advantage of the people involved in it. He never waited to be a good human being when it came to business, always choosing his employees’ health over profits and going to such lengths as to dock his own salary in order to make sure his employees’ needs and securities were met. And he was proud of it.

Another user, earlgreytea86, added to this by also talking about his own father, and how this same decision led their family to living a good and successful life and how they don’t need to be billionaires to do good in life through their business.

Another Tumblrer joined in, expanding upon olivesawl’s story

Image credits: earlgreytea68

While for some this was a mind-blowing reality check, many online were already aware of this, sharing their own stories and thoughts about business. The reblog was a success on Tumblr, garnering over 63,000 notes, but it also found its way to Imgur recently, where it gathered over 188,000 views in under a day.

What are your thoughts on this? Got any social business stories to share? Let us know in the comments section below!

Here’s what the internet had to say about this

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Stille20
Community Member
2 years ago

Bill Gates... just saying. He never makes claims that he is sacrificing to help others, but he has used his wealth to do so much good, especially in areas that other people won't fund because it isn't "sexy", like infrastructure and toilets.

Malcontent
Community Member
2 years ago

Nanci Casson is a great example of a tinfoil hat wearing loonie who loves conspiracy theories that are based on lies and deliberate misinformation- some of which can be traced to political groups with a series agenda against certain individuals. It's quite sad really- scientifically illiterate and not capable of logic or reason.

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Ginny Weasley
Community Member
2 years ago

It’s true, when someone has a lot of money, most of the time the did something to someone to get there. Not in all cases, but we’ve all seen this. Congrats to the people who don’t rip each other off to get to the top.

Jace
Community Member
2 years ago

Who gets to “the top” without stepping on and ripping off other people? Does it happen?

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Roadkill TheBrave
Community Member
2 years ago

They have a lot of good points on this. I will point out that they've been doing research on the mega million and billionaires, as well as people who really 'succeed' in the business world and they have traits similar to a Psychopath. Pretty interesting research if anyone wants to look at it. https://www.forbes.com/sites/jackmccullough/2019/12/09/the-psychopathic-ceo/#5fbcf905791e

Tabitha L
Community Member
2 years ago

Thanks for posting that link. From article “I would say that psychopaths or people with psychopathic traits, thrive in chaos and know that others don’t, so they will often create chaos at work for this reason,”.....sound familiar to anyone?

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Stille20
Community Member
2 years ago

Bill Gates... just saying. He never makes claims that he is sacrificing to help others, but he has used his wealth to do so much good, especially in areas that other people won't fund because it isn't "sexy", like infrastructure and toilets.

Malcontent
Community Member
2 years ago

Nanci Casson is a great example of a tinfoil hat wearing loonie who loves conspiracy theories that are based on lies and deliberate misinformation- some of which can be traced to political groups with a series agenda against certain individuals. It's quite sad really- scientifically illiterate and not capable of logic or reason.

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Ginny Weasley
Community Member
2 years ago

It’s true, when someone has a lot of money, most of the time the did something to someone to get there. Not in all cases, but we’ve all seen this. Congrats to the people who don’t rip each other off to get to the top.

Jace
Community Member
2 years ago

Who gets to “the top” without stepping on and ripping off other people? Does it happen?

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Roadkill TheBrave
Community Member
2 years ago

They have a lot of good points on this. I will point out that they've been doing research on the mega million and billionaires, as well as people who really 'succeed' in the business world and they have traits similar to a Psychopath. Pretty interesting research if anyone wants to look at it. https://www.forbes.com/sites/jackmccullough/2019/12/09/the-psychopathic-ceo/#5fbcf905791e

Tabitha L
Community Member
2 years ago

Thanks for posting that link. From article “I would say that psychopaths or people with psychopathic traits, thrive in chaos and know that others don’t, so they will often create chaos at work for this reason,”.....sound familiar to anyone?

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