Aung San Suu Kyi and Bill Gates

I finally got back to reading Letters from Burma by Aung San Suu Kyi, the leader of the pro-democracy movement in Myanmar. For the past few decades Myanmar has been under the stiff rule of the Junta, the military government. I’m only halfway through the book, but Myanmar certainly seems to be an interesting country, plagued by many problems namely corruption and poverty. Kyi’s party won upwards of eighty percent of the vote in the last election, yet the Junta will not recognize the victory. The Junta have placed her under house arrest for many years to stifle the democratic process. Although, she is no Nelson Mandela who recently celebrated his ninetieth birthday, and spent twenty years in jail fighting against segregation in South Africa. She does deserve some admiration to give up her livelihood for a greater cause. It would have been easy for her to move back to London with her family, and forget about fighting for causes she believes in.

If you didn’t know Bill Gates recently stepped away from Microsoft, he retired from his position as chief software architect this past week. For the rest of his life he plans to work for his foundation and use his wealth to combat a host of problems that plague Africa. Bill Gates could have easily given his savings to his children, but he chose not to. Instead he said he choose to use the resources that his approximate 45 billion dollars of wealth could bring to solve some of the most vexing problems in recent human history. His main point in doing this was, he knows hes a brilliant guy that will go down in the history books as someone who changed the world in the technology area. Yet, he argues a real accomplishment for him would be to change the face of a sometimes forgotten continent for the better.

I should really think about how I’m going to use my abilities to make a positive contribution to society. I don’t think a desk job is in my deck of cards. I’ll run past some ideas, I have next time.

Next up: Amy Winehouse, my Thoughts on the Bush Administration’s accomplishments, and Does getting shot down in a plane make McCain qualified questions retired U.S. Gen. Wesley Clark, Oh and a friend of mine thinks shes a Democrat now (more on this soon).


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