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One way to deal with inequality

09/21/2009 10:32

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If you live in the United States, no matter how poor you are, you are wealthier than 85% of the people who have ever lived. Other people who are born in other parts of the world go without the clean water, immunizations, food, and comforts that we take for granted. Millions of people die from preventable causes that people like us can help solve with just modest efforts. Last week I watched a video of Bill Gates commencement speech to Harvard. It is an inspiring speech from someone who is putting his own money and effort into making a real difference in the lives of people who are not born into the same type of world that we have been born into. You can see it here.

Not everyone likes Bill Gates - who has been the richest person in the world. When there is so much in our world telling us to be concerned with just ourselves though; he gives us a great reminder of some things that are more important than our own personal peace and prosperity. Here's a couple of quotes from the videos. 

"Reducing inequity is the highest human achievement." 

"To whom much is given, much is expected." 

There are five short videos that make up the whole speech. You can see them each from here. My favorites are the later ones. Video 1 Video 2 Video 3 Video 4 Video 5 Africa Imports exists to help people support themselves in Africa. You can see some of the orphanages we support here. You can find more African made products at Africa Imports than anywhere else. You can grow your own African products business as a wholesale customer. When someone in the US buys something made in Africa, people and communities in Africa can survive and prosper.