Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Comments on The Wisdom of Bill Gates

Gates is responsible for inventing things that make my life easier. He has helped me to organize my writing and do things that were so much harder to do in the past. He is part of the group of geniuses who are responsible for these technological wonders.

He has the right to say: "get off your ass and get going," but the words "life is not fair-get used to it," or "the world won't care about your self-esteem, the world will expect you to accomplish something before you feel good about yourself," are not very helpful words.

People who suffer from low self-esteem, or who suffer from misfortune, are not ministered to by these words.

If you suffer from low self-esteem, you probably are not going to accomplish anything until you resolve that problem.

Life isn't fair - get over it, is not the gospel, that's not what Jesus says.

I agree with him about flipping burgers is not beneath your dignity. We ought to be prepared to take any kind of work available to us if we are physically, mentally and emotionally capable of doing that kind of work, if that's all that's available to us at the time and we need money.

We need to humble ourselves and start at "the bottom." Besides, visiting McDonald's lately, I realize that the people who work there are super professional! Being a burger person, an order taker or a boss there are not to be laughed at. They all do their job efficiently and with dignity.

We ought to think of our work, whatever it is, as an opportunity to help a business to operate - to do work for someone else, which is helping people with some kind of service. We should do our very best, as unto the Lord, and that should mean that we desire to help that business succeed in every way possible.

We should be thankful for living in a great country that provides so many wonderful things for people, and that we can be a part of providing those things - both here and abroad.

Our work should be an opportunity to do something well that no one else can do quite as well as we can, and to be acknowledged for it, and receive financial compensation for it as well.

We shouldn't complain and blame other people for our failures.

The only problem with our culture is that we don't have a very nourishing system anymore, as in the old days of having an agrarian society where people lived in small communities where they took care of each other.

Conservatives need to be more open minded in understanding this. Liberals are right in that they see that we have a culture where success by a person serves mostly just themselves, and not so much those around them. If a person makes it - the good life goes to themselves, and many times, they may not share the benefits of their success. Accomplisment brings pride and lures people away from trusting in the Lord. There are exceptions to this.

There are families that support each other more than usual, and there are churches that have funds set aside to come to the aid of families within their community, and things like this. And this is where the help for the poor should come from.

The problem with liberals is that they see the problem and they seek the solution through the government. This is a poor solution. Relying on the government to bring the balance is to rely on man. We should be turning to the church and to families, because that's how we can be relying upon God. We need to get the government out of the way so that we can have more community support, and then push for more community support. The problem is liberals are not going to trust the church, and many times don't have strong families to rely upon.

Anyway - back to Bill Gates. He promotes the idea of working hard and proving oneself, and certainly we should do that, but stay in balance.
His last comment about thanking a teacher...I rarely stop to think about the foundation that was laid because of teachers in my life!


Bike Bubba said...

I'm not persuaded that it was Gates at all; see Snopes


I was sad to learn that GM's supposed rejoinder to Gates' claims about "imagine if Microsoft made cars" wasn't true, either.

And self-esteem? Not important, and it's counter-productive at best. The only things people have correlated with it are low performance and crime.

I would agree that the words there are not Biblical, nor are they particularly helpful. That noted, neither is self-esteem talk, and to his credit, I don't believe Gates can be blamed for either.

Gabrielle Eden said...

Thanks Bike, I posted a correction.