Doing All the Good They Can

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Fifteen years ago, John Mackey made waves for asking the question, “Who has done more good for the planet, Mother Teresa or Bill Gates?” Mackey, the CEO of the high-end grocery store Whole Foods, promptly answered his own question by saying, “No contest – Gates has helped far more people.” In 2003, that declaration rubbed some people the wrong way.

Today, I’m guessing more people would agree with him than they did in 2003. Andrew Carnegie proved that point 100 years earlier.

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Mother Teresa (Source: Biography.com); Bill and Melinda Gates (Source: CNBC.com)

Mother Teresa, also known as St. Teresa of Calcutta, spent a lifetime serving the poor in the slums of that city. Though not without controversy, she was beloved both inside and outside of her Roman Catholic religion. Tending to the poor, sick, and hungry, she must have helped many thousands of people during her lifetime and inspired others along the way. And in the early 2000’s Bill Gates was the richest person in the world, wealth which he accumulated by founding and leading Microsoft. But since 2006, Gates has been focused primarily on his charitable activities through the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, which has had a huge impact on health, education, and social services around the world.

In the fifteen years since Mackey’s quote, income disparity has become even more acute. The gap between rich and poor in the United States and in many other countries is greater than it has been in generations. With the decline of the middle class, there are more poor people today than there were in 2003. And rich people have become much richer.

When times are tough for a lot of people, charity and philanthropy become even more important.

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Sources: Center for Budget and Policy Priorities (top); Our World in Data (bottom).

“The man who dies rich dies in disgrace.” – Andrew Carnegie

How has time changed peoples’ views towards philanthropy, which is what we call it when rich people give away money for good causes? As rich became ultra-rich and as the world has developed a deeper need for their help, philanthropy has taken on a larger role. The Gates Foundation has continued helping people through its work and it has been joined by other foundations and high net worth individuals. Ford, Hewlett and Packard, Wellcome, Kellogg, Bosch, Premji…these are not only names of the barons of industry and technology; foundations that bear these names have given away billions of dollars to worthy causes.

Society celebrates wealth as a cardinal achievement in today’s world. Getting rich is an end in itself. When it comes time for a rich person to give away some (much, nearly all) of his/her money, it must be rewarding to see the good that can accomplish. And as the ultra-rich develop bank accounts that dwarf the economies of small nations, perhaps the world has become more dependent than ever before on philanthropists: to build homes, fight diseases, and bring computers to classrooms.

But 100 years before John Mackey’s quote, philanthropy had just as big a place in the world. The Industrial Revolution had made a new class of industrialists wealthy and there was a massive divide between rich and poor. One could argue that charity had an even stronger influence at that time. As now, philanthropists a century ago spent money on the public good that many governments did not have, feeding and educating people who would not otherwise have had the same chance.

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A Carnegie library near Pittsburgh, c. 1900. Source: Library of Congress.

As an example, let’s recall the work of Andrew Carnegie. In some ways, his life paralleled that of Bill Gates a century later. Carnegie and Gates were each considered the richest men in the world at one time. Both of them made a ton of money in a business that they positioned at the center of a rapidly changing economy (Carnegie with steel for the Industrial Revolution and Gates with operating software for the Information Revolution). And both walked away from those empires at a relatively young age to focus on giving away their vast sums of wealth to charitable endeavors, founding two of the greatest philanthropic organizations in history.

Much has been written about Gates’ impact over the last two decades or so. For the remainder of this post, I’d like to focus on a part of Andrew Carnegie’s philanthropic legacy. Though his foundation had funded many other kinds of work, we can see his clear impact on the world simply by looking at the Carnegie libraries. It’s hard to imagine (though not at all impossible) that one single individual could impact more people in a positive way.

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Carnegie financed the construction of thousands of free, public libraries. The libraries were a perfect fit for Carnegie’s view that philanthropy should not just give away money, but it should exist “to help those who help themselves.” The influence of Carnegie libraries was so massive that Carnegie’s work probably answered John Mackey’s question a century before he asked it. Carnegie’s libraries have changed millions of lives.

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Carnegie at his desk. Public domain.

The first Carnegie libraries were built in and around Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, which was Andrew Carnegie’s base. In the United States, where Carnegie made his fortune, he paid for 1,689 libraries to be built. Others were added in the region of Scotland where Carnegie was born. Over time, his foundation funded many more libraries in other countries around the world. 660 libraries were built in the United Kingdom and Ireland, 125 were built in Canada, and others were added in Australia, New Zealand, Europe, Malaysia, Mauritius, Fiji, and parts of the Caribbean.

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Belgrade University Library in Serbia, financed by Carnegie. Creative Commons via Wikipedia by Zoran Cvetkovic.

Between 1883 and 1929, Carnegie’s money built 2,509 libraries. After that, since many more public libraries were built, there is no record of how many were Carnegie-sponsored buildings. But regardless of the actual number, millions of people from all classes of society had free access to books and other resources. According to Paul Dickson, author of The Library in America, as quoted by National Public Radio (NPR), these libraries had an impact not only on literacy, education, and the dissemination of knowledge; some of these buildings themselves were iconic structures that influenced other public buildings. For example, the Carnegie library built in 1909 in Washington, D.C., was known as the “intellectual bread line” for people during the Great Depression: a place they could go to feed their minds. But it also was a grand marble edifice that probably influenced many of the monumental marble and limestone government buildings that were built later.

Remarkably, some 800 of Carnegie’s libraries are still in use in the United States with another 350 re-purposed into cultural centers, office buildings, or other uses. Adjusted for inflation, Andrew Carnegie spent some $1.3 billion on public libraries in the United States, 70 percent of these buildings being built in small towns.

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Mirror Lake Library in St. Petersburg, Florida, financed by Carnegie. Creative Commons via Wikipedia by ebyabe.

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These libraries gave rise to an “expectation in communities across the country—if you didn’t have a library, somehow you were not supporting culture," according to Wayne Wiegand, author of a forthcoming history of public libraries, tentatively titled Part of Our Lives: A People’s History of the American Public Library, quoted by NPR. How many millions of people learned to read, connected with heroes and heroines, discovered new worlds beyond their own small towns, and found answers to their questions in those libraries? Today, we have the Internet, but for previous generations, a library was all they had. It can be life-changing.

Does it really matter whether Mother Teresa or Bill Gates has helped more people or whether Andrew Carnegie did so a century earlier? Of course not. None of them were trying to win a race (I hope). Each of these people will long be remembered for what they did for others in need, but the focus of charity and philanthropy is on helping others, not on being famous for it. Also, let us not forget how many people have been inspired to help out in their own smaller ways as well. Most volunteers and small donors will not receive the credit that more famous people do, though everyone is entitled to a selfie.

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Sources:
http://archive.fortune.com/magazines/fortune/fortune_archive/2003/09/15/349175/index.htm
https://www.npr.org/2013/08/01/207272849/how-andrew-carnegie-turned-his-fortune-into-a-library-legacy
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mother_Teresa
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Carnegie_library
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bill_%26_Melinda_Gates_Foundation
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Gospel_of_Wealth

Top and bottom image are public domain from Pixabay. Others credited in the text. Title is from a quote by John Wesley.

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Mother Teresa did not have wealth, but if she loved people in need, she helped with what she could, the rich donate money because her fortune is gigantic. and make donations to try to be good to society.
true kindness is that which comes from the heart to give and be satisfied to have made someone happy with your donation or with your help. see the happiness of another person who needs your help, makes you feel emotionally well ... seeing all this with your own eyes is priceless.

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Helping people definitely comes from the heart. It's easier when a person has money to give away, but probably harder to do what Mother Teresa did.

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Yes, for Mother Teresa it was more difficult, because she did not have material wealth, but she did have wealth from her noble and great heart, generosity and comparison for the most needy.
Today she is the patron saint of the poor.

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True indeed... It all comes from the heart @joelgonz1982

I think comparing these three is a bit like comparing apples to oranges to bananas (although I won't tell you which is which) :)

I think it's about playing to your strengths and aligning them with what moves you. Look at what you've been given and then look at what needs can be met. Mother Teresa did what Bill Gates and Carnegie never could have done and the poor benefited. And vice vice versa with the other two gentlemen. Fantastic! I think many spend more time debating how to help and become paralyzed from actually helping.

Like @donkeypong mentioned, half of the value is in inspiring other folks to act as well, the unsung heroes who are out there serving daily. I myself have a humanitarian background and definitely took from others to inspire personal action.

So what about us? What can we do at a personal level? We all share some kind of connection to this new technology, so what about this blockchain thing, can it help at all?

I started a "Blocks for Good" blog series, first entry looks at an Irish startup called Aid:TECH which seeks to use blockchain to help make humanitarian aid more transparent and less corrupt as well as helping create an immutable identification system for the millions who are excluded from services because they can't demonstrate their identity. Promising stuff!

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Great response. Yes, we can all help in our own ways, as we are best able.

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That's right! And there's plenty of work to go around!

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Thank you @starthere, an answer full of positive energy. I especially enjoyed reading that "many spend more time debating how to help and become paralyzed from actually helping." It's always good to have a nice reminder on the time we're losing to overthink while we could actually already start something. I feel empowered just by reading your answer.
I will also check closer the "Blocks for Good" blog series, it's amazing to see how technology can help us to be more human somehow...
That's my first post on steemit and I'm glad it's for this beautiful topic.

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Awesome @florine and welcome to Steemit! You're completely right - the older I get, the more I'm a fan of doing to learn, not learning to do. You can't train in secret and then burst on the scene to do x perfectly, it doesn't work that way. Got to get out there, experience, learn, refine, repeat.

I felt awe while reading your post, not only because of the great efforts these people have been doing for the world, but because of the fact that I did not know most of what you said even though they have affected so many hundreds of millions of people. So many things have happened right under my nose and I haven't noticed them. It's great to have you to tell us these things, including the enormous gap of wealth that I did not know was increasing so maddeningly fast.

A thing that you noted that made me think a lot about the way I do things is the "help people who help themselves". There are many resources here on Steemit fo the poorest of the poor, but they do not know how to go to get them, and if they do, they do not feel motivated to ask for this help, or they do in such a way that people instead feel a need to reject them (just in the way that beggars and homeless people are rejected on the streets by the people who could help them).

Is this a problem with education? Is this a problem with capitalism and the way we view the world? I don't know the answer to these questions, but they are topics that I think should be researched in order to be able to help more people more effectively and have people make the most they can out of the help that we can offer them.

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Lots of people need help and support, but there is something to that quote about helping people who help themselves. Hopefully, education and training can help people understand how to access opportunities.

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Even with the resources, many don't even have phones to access them... And getting really little at the beginning discourages them, they look for quick means of livelihood

Personally I believe that social and economic structures are pyramidal, there will always be inequalities and our nature seeks to create hierarchies to guarantee order.

Philanthropy per se is good, i think there are 3 alternatives (at the moment) about who can accumulate the wealth of a country, one in which a democratic state charges high taxes to companies, the other is to have faith that all millionaires will be philanthropists like Bill Gates and the third in which "we are all equal", that is, communism, I think this would not be very popular.

Understanding that there will always be inequality, we can only decide if we want the state or the businessmen to manage most of the money. I suppose there are good arguments in favor of each case...

Btw both have done good things, but the contribution of Mother Teresa is more symbolic while Bill Gates has been more effective.

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You're right. Have you ever heard the saying that if all the world's money were redistributed equally, it would end up back in the same hands in 10 or 20 years? I don't know if that's true, but there is some inherent inequality, as some seem better at accumulating and others at spending. The best response may be some combination of your approaches, which you defined quite well there.

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I had not heard that fact, but it seems perfectly possible. Thanks!

Thank you for this Wonderful and inspiring article. May we all strive to be of service and to share whatever gift we have been given. Compassion Quotient is Imperative. Live by LOVE, indeed; it has positively impacted my life in ways beyond expressing. In 2005, I sold my home and possessions to create/facilitate a volunteer literacy project in Belize, I've donated programs for 33,340 students & trained 800 teachers to use their own indigenous stories in schools. This year the program is invited to Kenya, Ghana and India, I will go. I'm working hard to raise the funds, I am not sure How it will work out, but I have faith it Will because my goal is to build bridges between cultures, foster understanding and Compassion through our stories. I work often with children, they teach me more than I've ever taught them. We would do well to listen to children more for solutions to world problems and to see REAL compassion.

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That sounds great. Good for you and I wish you best of success with the project.

When you have achieved a certain amount of wealth, and if your soul remains human, then you will surely come to charity. It's like there are near hungry. It is impossible to enjoy the taste of food when someone is hungry and his stomach rumbles. So and with wealth. You see poverty that exists, you see those who need help, and you understand that you have the opportunity to make someone's life better, to save someone. All the more so, Bill Gates did more than that. He was engaged in charity work, it is clear and commendable. But his own product, Microsoft, is an opportunity for everyone to have a better life that he has given. Opportunity to work at the computer, independently master new knowledge and skills, to develop and study. I think so.

I do believe the power of love is more powerful than money. Though in this materialistic world, people tend to believe that money is everything, but I don't want to get fooled by money. There are a lot of things that can not be bought by money, and we can help people much better without money too. By giving all the love we have, treat them as the way we treat ourself, it will help a lot and it will never end.

Anyway, I like this post, so sweet and really touch my heart. In the era of blockchain technology, with the raise of altruism, I do believe more people will realize that love is the most powerful energy to help others, to create a better world and a better future.

Thank you for sharing this post. I love it... Love is love, love is all indeed.

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Yes, hopefully there will be more we can accomplish with the blockchain to help people.

@donkeypong , I enjoyed your article today. It reminded me of how, in their later years, Mother Theresa and John D. Rockefeller looked very much alike, with deep lines in their weathered faces. The difference was that JDR's eyes were the eyes of a dead man: the richest man on earth had eyes with no life or vitality, only cold calculation. MT's eyes were alive and engaging, even tho she'd seen enough human suffering to drive anyone else mad. Who died richer?

Where I would give a tip of the hat to Gates, tho, is that he is looking for root causes of poverty, while MT would never touch that area. She would treat the poor, but never concerned herself with the structural causes of poverty.

And a final thought, the irony and the tragedy of so many institutional religions is that while the founders taught the law of love, in time the institutions are often taken over by lawyers and bureaucrats who practice a love of the law.

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What a great comment. You have a whole post here with thoughtful ideas and wit. It's true that Gates has the means to look into root causes and use data to pinpoint where his foundation's help can be most effective.

We need both kinds of people, wealthy benefactors and those who are "on the ground" or so to speak and are wealthy in experience to help. Those who have a lot of resources may not know how best to help, but if they work with say a mother Teresa, then the value of their resources can go even further. Bill Gates does set a great example though, I think, where he is learning as much as he can about these topics so that he himself is educated in them, which is extra effort in being helpful.

But larger system wide changes are needed the most, I think, so that the many aren't dependent on the whims of the rich few... Universal basic income would probably help a lot of people not need extra help, but where would those resources come from?

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Yes, I agree. It's nice for rich people to make a big impact, but unfortunate that we have to depend on that as a society.

Wow!!! One of the most interesting and engaging courses I ever took in university was an American History class. As a Canadian these are sometimes scarce but I have always been a history buff and American history was always so interesting. Andrew Carnegie was a man we spent a great deal of time discussing. He was ahead of his time from and industrial and economic standpoint but on top of all that he looked to help build a better America for everyone.
I feel like people often get caught up in the power that wealth provides and miss the opportunity to do some great things with that wealth. When I sit back and look at the sheer value of the estates of some of he wealthiest people in the world and see that they give very little back it makes me sad. The quote about dying wealthy being shameful is profound. Once you have made sure your family is provided for then you should look to help others.
These are the people that are true hero’s. Those who give because it is the right thing to do and without seeking out recognition.

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For no recognition, they'd need to do it anonymously. I still think there is some ego involved, but that's probably forgivable. It's certainly a lot better to put that money to work to help people than to keep it and continue trying to make more even when they are far beyond that need.

It is really hard to judge who has done better among Bill Gates,Carnegie and Mother Theresa.As you stated,each did their part in the different capacities they could.

For me i could consider Carnegie as the winner(do we need a winner anyway?) because he built libraries that helped open people's minds.

It so happens that even if we deny it,we all want to be famous! Its just a natural trait.

Each of these people will long be remembered for what they did for others in need, but the focus of charity and philanthropy is on helping others, not on being famous for it.

We are all also helping out in our individual ways,Steemit can be an example.Steemit is helping a lot of people especially in third world countries.All of us on Steemit who post and vote help put the world in whatever we do.I can give ans example of me joining Steemit in Uganda,i have indirectly affected hundreds of people and directly affected 50 people! The 50 have affected the hundreds as uncles,friends aunties etc!

We all have a part to play .

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Yes, we all have parts to play. And no, it doesn't matter who wins. :)

Andrew Carnegie and the Gates and many other wealthy people are great people. Very successful in their own fields, they are giving back to society.

Another benefit of Carnegie's giving is that he helped in a little way to stimulate the economy in the small towns in which he built libraries. He provided an influx of capital to pay for the labor and construction of the libraries. Especially during the depression, this was a big thing. Helping people to earn a living.

For today's economy, I would love to see some of the very successful companies raise the pay of their employees rather than just amassing more money for themselves. Share some of the wealth with those people who have helped them earn it.

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Good point. Those libraries were positioned at the center of civic life and learning. It's hard to fathom how much they must have stimulated local economies during that period. Local governments and communities still had to raise the funds for operating expenses (Carnegie only funded the buildings), so that must have brought people together in some new ways and encouraged more fundraising.

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You are so right. Libraries back then, were a central point for the communities.

Thanks for the history lesson! This Andrew Carnegie is a legend! If I become that rich one day I swear I would run charities like that unfortunately me getting that rich will probably never happen 😅. But I agree with the idea to help people to help themselves. It's like the saying "give a man a fish you feed him for a day, teach him to fish you feed him a lifetime" You can only help people by giving them the means to fend for themselves

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That's one of my favorite lines and thanks for sharing it. With hands on Mother Teresa-type work, it doesn't make as much sense, but when a rich person is deciding how best to use money, giving it to charity for pure assistance to people must seem like a bottomless pit. 'Helping people help themselves' (teaching a person to fish) is a more encouraging type of project to fund.

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You are welcome! And yes, I strongly believe that education is the best thing a charity can give to people in need. Not only assistance can be just like bottomless pit, but it is in human nature to be ungrateful when things are given and not hard earnt. I am sure you have heard stories about how people on the receiving end (not just donations, but more everyday things as well) are grateful at first but become indifferent as they get used to the treatment/donation/gifts they are receiving and become agitated when that is taken away. Education to make them independent is the the only way to truely help people succeed and not reliant on other people. Only when they feel successful they will actually be happy.

To answer the question "Who has done more good for the planet, Mother Teresa or Bill Gates?”
Bill Gates, hands down and no question.

The Gates Foundation is a huge and wonderful philanthropic organisation which aims to cure disease and save lives.

Mother Teresa was a deeply and conservatively religious person who wanted to build nunneries and save souls. Her famous houses for the dying are not hospitals. (Nurses are known to reuse needles after rinsing them in cold water.) By badly stretching the truth you could call them hospices, but it's a very bad hospice that forbids the use of anaesthetics. She didn't want to salve the pain of the dying. She said it was a wonderful gift that brought them closer to Jesus. Look it up, it's easy to check. She thought that the suffering of the poor was the most beautiful thing. When excellent PR won her the Nobel Peace Prize, she used the opportunity of her speech to tell the world that the greatest destroyer of peace in the world was abortion (a position, by the way, well aimed to keep up that wonderful suffering).

I'm sure she was well intentioned, but her work was in service to her religion, not the real, physical and medical needs of the poor.

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Yes, in hindsight, under modern standards, there were some realities she rejected that cast doubt on the effectiveness of her work. But overall, she probably helped a ton of people, even if it was also in the service of her religion.

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hi @donkeypong my friend how are you ?. excellent publication this is one of the reasons I love your blog. Mother Teresa of Calcutta "was a Catholic nun of Indian nationalized ethnic Albanian origin, who founded the Congregation of the Missionaries of Charity in Calcutta in 1950. For more than 45 years she assisted the poor, the sick, the orphans and the dying, at the same time as she was guiding the expansion of her congregation, initially in India and then in other countries of the world, after her death, she was beatified by Pope John Paul II, her canonization was approved by Pope Francis in December 2015, after The Congregation for the Causes of Saints recognized as extraordinary the healing of a terminally ill Brazilian, the official act of canonization took place in Rome on the morning of Sunday, September 4, 2016. " Without a doubt, it was a very important symbol for many people and above all representing the woman with everything she did. Thank you for this wonderful publication, it really deserves a lot of votes, at least on my part you have mine, if I could give you more I swear I did. Thank you. I hope you're fine.

Both personalities have contributed immensely to society. We can only emulate and help as much as we can in every little way. There is always something to do assist some one out there. Indeed charitable activities have intensified especially in Nigeria as the economic meltdown has held down many, yet there is hope because certain persons are committed in giving a helping hand. Thanks for sharing

The 3 of them deserve all the recognition they get for their philanthropic acts but I'm pretty sure they never did it to get recognition but rather as a means to fulfill themselves, philanthropy can make you feel really good, especially if you are able to notice the effects on the lives of the people you try to help.

Who has done more good for the planet, Mother Teresa or Bill Gates?

If I may answer this question by giving another question. Put Gates in Mother Teresa’s shoes and Mother Teresa in Gates’s shoes. Do you really think Gates would do the same as Mother Teresa? I doubt it. As a matter of fact I recently saw Bill Gates’s video where he mentioned lowering overall population by killing people. He didn’t say it literally, but that’s how it came out of his mouth. He talks about vaccinating people to be important...And also, belive me Bill Gates by giving expects things in return, Mother Teresa didn’t. I think you know exactly why these big companies and rich people have these so called foundations. Yes, of course it helps people, but I belive there is much more behind it. It’s also used for money laundering, for tax breaks. Not everything is so nice as it seems. Look at the Clinton fundation, best way to call it “pay for play”.

60’s and 70’s were the best years for middle income people and families, no doubt about that.

When it comes to Carnegie library, it was an amazing way to help people with education. Unfortunately libraries are on the brink of collapse mostly sponsored by our Goverment or states. All thanks to today’s technology.

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In some ways, that is a better question. And I think we know the answer: few people would take a vow of poverty and spend a life doing the work that she did with such humility.

Of course they're on a 'race' but on their respective races and not competing with each other. They battle every day in giving the most unselfish aide, surpassing what they had given and thinking that they can give more in the future. I think in general, it's a self-fulfillment after all. Finding the true meaning of existence while enjoying/sharing amazing graces from above.

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That's a good way of describing it.

Do not withhold good from those to whom it is due, when it is in your power to act. Proverbs 3:27
Thanks sir @donkeypong

I have lived in a number of different countries for extended periods of time. I generally find philanthropy is something very much a part of life in the USA more then any other country. People around the world like to knock the US but there is no denying this.

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Thanks for posting

@donkeypong, That's inspiration to read perfectly wrote blogging. You introduced main topic with using most popular three persons around the world. We all are humans. We have good time and bad time still our life time. Every assistance needed of our sadness/ bad times. If we're happy don't need help others. (It mean if we have more wealth no need help).

When times are tough for a lot of people, charity and philanthropy become even more important.

Yep..That would be amazing quote in fact. Bill Gates and Andrew Carnegie earn more wealth income before every donations. They were achieved to collected more properties. Then they had more income & found enough resources to spend next three or four generations. Both of them finally decided to donate funds to desolate peoples who stay around the world.
But Mother Theresa did various side for desolate peoples. She helped via using her man power. I've read her life character. she must have helped many thousands of people during her lifetime.

The distribution of wealth in the United States hasn’t been as lopsided as it is now since the years leading up to the Great Depression, when the richest 10 percent of Americans owned 84 percent of the country’s wealth. This fact—along with other surprising trends in wealth and poverty—was unearthed in a new report from researchers Emmanuel Saez of the University of California, Berkeley, and Gabriel Zucman of the London School of Economics. In an analysis of the wealth of American families over the past 100 years, the researchers considered an array of complicated data sets and factors including family pensions, life insurance, and income tax.

What they found is that the gap between the rich and the poor has gotten larger over the past few decades, due in large part to the explosive growth of wealth for the richest of the rich. The study also shows that the 1980s were the closest the country has been to a golden age for economic equality—not exactly what Ronald Reagan is known for these days.

what they do has changed the world. help to the needy. really noble

Rich people can impact huge to make a change. What I believe is, whether you're rich or poor, if we all try to do something that add value to others' life, that will definitely make a huge change in our society.

Every action has an impact not only in your life, but also on your family. It affects our society as well. Thank you so much @donkeypong for sharing this!

Wow! I'm utterly blown away by these words! The detail and the emotion behind it...wow...only a very special person can view it from this perspective! I Respect you sir!! 🙌🙌

That's a whole lot of stuff about Carnegie I didn't know about. Using libraries as a way of providing charity to the people was a massive idea an ordinary person couldn't think about. These books given that they were accessed by both the rich and the poor did amass a lot of knowledge among many people by that time which was one massive way of getting people from the needy life. Money indeed has been the major influence of this world becoming a better place. Mother Theresa played a huge part in giving to the poor, but she could not reach many parts around the globe because of financial reasons. The percentage of the needy reached by the rich people is so huge and they deserve a lot of credit for making this world a better place.

Yes absolutely, they were not trying to win a race. They were just so kind for living their lives with a goal in helping others especially the needy ones. They were not aiming for being famous (i think) , they just become famous because of what they contributed in the society and being remembered by millions of people is like giving a tribute of what they have done.

That's a great post sir, I appreciate your life.
Thanks for sharing.upvote and resteemit

Bill Gates prefers to see the problem of poverty in reverse, it is more appropriate to target the poor than countries. because if we look at the poor with better health, they will be more productive. It would revive the economy and help all poor people regardless of where they live, and if we are simply dealing with poor countries, we are leaving all those who are described as extreme poverty in need. according to gates, the benefits that will result will be much higher than their costs

Thanks for sharing this post, I appreciate your life. actually I always follow your post.best of luck my dear friend..
upvote and resteemit.

All these people have done extremely well to help the needy and cater for the poor. They sacrificed and give out there wealth to help others too.
We can also do the same, we may not be wealthier like Bill Gates but we can use out of the little we have and provide for those who there standard is below our own.
Thanks for sharing @donkeypong

In my opinion the two have done good acts for the society, no matter if one did more than another, the important thing is that they did good, Mother Teresa helped the poor, Bill Gates helped develop what we need every day.

Any act that benefits people is well regarded and will be considered a good act. The three have done good as well, only from different views.

Obviously they have all done so in 3 different ways, community but ultimately they have all impacted their fellow men. For me this works that they do is not about a question of the greatest or not. It is a question of how little they stopped so low to help their fellow man and looking at this list, I think Mother Teresa trumps it although there is no argument that the 3 of them are unique in their own way

Although lately attacked Mother Theresa has done something that rarely could be done by a woman...Carnegie's influence and building of libraries is also very important because only through knowledge, a right one, the true real Nation can be build...

Thank you very much for sharing your life story in which unfortunately we live in Morocco. Living conditions are very short but I know this site steemit and I hope to change my life in the future

yes i agree with you, help people along.

This is a great post .. Living a life is full of great challenges .. How can we survive to always struggle to help anyone who needs help. This is very interesting..and I agree with you. Have a nice life .. @donkeypong

I believe in the act of little kindness, I think this are the sacrifices that makes the world go round in a world where love and sacrifices are far and few within

Wow.. Wonderful photography post... Many kinda people in the world have witnessed the amazing kindness of these these men and as it were they still can't cover the whole world, that's why the legacies of these people should be carried on ever took in university was an American History class...As a Canadian these are sometimes scarce but I have always been a history buff and American history was always so interesting. Andrew Carnegie was a man we spent a great deal of time discussing....He was ahead of his time from and industrial and economic standpoint but on top of all that he looked to help build a better America for everyone....
I feel like people often get caught up in the power that wealth provides and miss the opportunity to do some great things with that wealth...When I sit back and look at the sheer value of the estates of some of he wealthiest people in the world and see that they give very little back it makes me sad... The quote about dying wealthy being shameful is profound. Once you have made sure your family is provided for then you should look to help others...
These are the people that are true hero’s....Those who give because it is the right thing to do and without seeking out recognition....

I bet Billy Gates spanked more nuns too lol - jus' sayin'!

Andrew's libraries remind me of a beautiful quote: "Give a man a fish, and you feed him for a day. Teach a man to fish, and you feed him for a lifetime.".

Educating people and changing their lives by giving them non-material posession that would last them a lifetime.. is i think the highest form of charity

Very good reviews, and an inspiration for us.
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The thing is, in order to help, you need to first be in a position with enough resources so you can afford to help others. It has no sense trying to help others where you cannot even help yourself.

This is why productivity is so important. By being productivity, we can end up having enough resources for ourselves and also for helping others.

But productivity is the first thing we need to worry about. If we are not productive, our first goal should be to change that, and find a way to start being productive.

As in the case with Gates and Carnegie, they first managed to achieve a lot of resources thanks to productivity, and then they used those resources to help others.

Now doubt both of them did good, mother Teresa has been gone for more than a decade now while Bill Gates is still alive and kicking so it will be unfair to make comparisons between the two. It is clear that Gates no doubt has done more good than the deceased . thank you for sharing such a thought provoking content. It was an enjoyable read.

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I believe in little acts of kindness @donkeypong. I think when we share a little love in the world it would go along way to help people out. And whales like you can always help minnows out too. Thanks

So he is a friend, always remembering the words of Mother Teresa of Calcutta He who does not live to serve, does not serve to live and Give until it hurts and when it hurts to give even more. Each work of love, carried out with all one's heart, will always manage to bring people to God.

Bill gate has really done great, his impact is been felt far here in Africa, yes true success is not the accumulation of wealth but the positive legacy we leave behind and the lives we transform positively. I love how you look back to trace the steps of great people.

Doing good is an ultimate sacrifice we ought to make. Rich or poor, there is always someone out there that we are more fortunate than.

The Gates foundation however is doing a great job, they are also helping the needy in my country

Finding a list of meritorious people will change a person's point of view. With meritorious people, life must change because of their inspiration and life experience that has proven to be extraordinary. Of course from the less good to the better. So, my attitude is different from my attitude now. I change because people are meritorious. We do not stay in place but move, change. Thanks @donkeypong!

Mother Theresa was once asked by a reporter why she didn't try to change the political system in India rather than perpetuate it with her charity. Her answer was so simple and I never forgot it. "That's not my job." I think each of us has a role. We can't do it all but whatever we are personally suppose to do may we each do it with the most Love we can spare...

Bill Gates is a firm believer in eugenics. This is why he is pushing toxic vaccines in third world countries... he is no humanitarian. Sorry for the not-so-positive comment, but I don't like giving credit to people who mean the entire globe harm. I've read some horror stories about Mother Theresa, as well. But, I agree. We should all strive to make the world a better place. Thanks for sharing!

If
Bill and Melinda Gates were not inspired by compassion they might be like so many
other billionaires, including many in India who do not use their resources to
make a difference in this world. Compassion and thoughtful allocation of
resources can do enormous good. The world should be grateful that enormous
generosity of spirit and compassion are prompting Bill and Melinda Gates to use
their resources for the betterment of the people of our world.

I am very impressed with your post. I like it.

but the focus of charity and philanthropy is on helping others, not on being famous for it.

This hit me hard... Grateful for this... Thanks for sharing this @donkeypong

Mother Teresa was a women of great mind, he compared himself to himself. There was nothing in the caste or caste divide, in it. She loved all human beings alive. She was the unique symbol of humanity. She has left a unique example of humanity that will survive the ages.
Bill Gates, on the other hand, is also a good man. He also has enough contribution to humanity.
Still others can not be compared with Mother Teresa.

Please forgive if this is my personal opinion. Thanks @donkeypong

Gates is not only helping African nations, but all the other poverty struck nations in the world. He has largely contributed to the fields of education and research to eradicate deadly diseases from the world.
My impression (based on published reports) is that a part of the conversation he had with his wife, around the time they started considering becoming a serious couple, was her asking what he wanted his legacy to be, and that the answer to that was that he realized (or was convinced-- it wasn't exactly clear) that using such a massive fortune to create a better life for the world's underclass would, in turn, create a better world for all (including those of us privileged enough to be born into the first world).

It's why his first charitable cause was the education of women in poor countries-- he researched how to get the biggest result from the smallest investment, and discovered that a lot of problems stem from the fact that women aren't educated sufficiently to make the wisest choices. A surprising (to some, at least) result of educating women is a profound drop in the birth rate (though this has to be coupled with adequate health care for children to completely take hold). Why? Educating women gives them the tools to make their children's lives better, and makes the children more likely to survive to adulthood, which is the primary driver (or so it seems) behind high birth rates.

It really is not important who helped more, I believe that even each one of us has a life mission to fulfill, I associate the help to humanity with love while Gates could help with money two different situations but with a common purpose, to help and contribute, love works to give faith, money helps to avoid hunger, happy night.

Bill Gates ---“If you are born poor its not your mistake, But if you die poor its your mistake.”

There are many resources here on Steemit fo the poorest of the poor, but they do not know how to go to get them, and if they do, they do not feel motivated to ask for this help, or they do in such a way that people instead feel a need to reject them (just in the way that beggars and homeless people are rejected on the streets by the people who could help them).you're right that helping people comes from our heart not just for money.But it's probably harder to do what Mother Teresa did.because she did not have a material wealth.

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  1. He is a member of "Bilderberg"
  2. Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation has killed millions across Africa, India, etc.
  3. India has banned Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation for the above reason.
  4. Pharmaceutical Company pays him for this dirty job.
  5. Use to steal ideas from other upcoming companies and destroy them, just like "Edison" who use to steal ideas from "Tesla"

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  1. She was less interested in helping the poor than in using them as an indefatigable source of wretchedness on which to fuel the expansion of her fundamentalist Roman Catholic beliefs.
  2. Mother Theresa’s medical centers were meant to heal people, patients were subjected to conditions that often made them even sicker.
  3. She had a close relationship with the Haitian dictator and tyrant Jean-Claude Duvalier, who was charged with crimes against humanity for his abuse of fellow Haitians.
  4. Well-meaning Catholics gave money to Mother Theresa’s charitable organizations, but many of them would never see their money go toward good works.
  5. Mother Teresa held that opinion even for cases of rape. On the subject of Bosnian women who had been raped and impregnated by Serbian militants, Mother Teresa said, “I feel the greatest destroyer of peace today is abortion, because it is a direct war, a direct killing — direct murder by the mother herself.”
  6. Mother Teresa claimed to help the poor and the sick, but her very beliefs and practices ensured they were mired in poverty and pain till their dying days.

PEACE

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I upvoted this comment only for the section of Mother Theresa.

Very true friend! Also when "charity" becomes fame it is no longer funny ... The main idea is to let go and help.

yes I agree with that, they helped people with their heart.

yeah, I would vote for Mother Teresa, her job was way harder, and while I know that there are lots of great philanthropist out there, the neo-philanthropist are not my cup of tea. I had my long comment deleted so I created a post so that I didn't have to start over again. That post took me 2 hours to write. Here it is if you want to read it.
https://staging.busy.org/@markeverlasting/neo-philanthropist-and-a-lagging-computer

I really do admire people like Andrew Carnegie, people who genuinely cared for the human race. Thank God we had such great men.

Peace Love and Steemon

Does it really matter whether Mother Teresa or Bill Gates has helped more people or whether Andrew Carnegie did so a century earlier? Of course not. None of them were trying to win a race (I hope).

This statement summarised it all.

No matter our level or position in life, their is still someone out their who deserves our help.

We might not have our names on the big bill board for doing them, but we will have the satisfaction in our heart

I started an initiative with my old account called "the random acts of kindness" where I search for people in need and meet those needs in my own little way, because I believe m oh St of this poor people does not even have access to internet not to tee all of steemit, I know pretty well that most of those people might not be able to repay me, but I'm happy, I'm not doing it for the gain but fulfilment. I have posted about lots of them with my old account @emmakwisequote (I have lost password to that account now). I will pick up from where I stopped by the time I find my feet back in the platform.. Smile. ( I can share some of the links here if you don't mind)

The point is this, their is something we can all do to make life more comfortable for others. I take pleasure and satisfaction in doing just that. I hope to continue as soon as posible because I'm missing that part of me already.... Lol

On the final note, your name should be engraved right beside those names you mentioned up there, you are contributing your quota to make the world beautiful for all in your own known way as well. Appreciate you for everything.. Smile

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You see it’s such a beautiful thing to see such good people still roam this planet. I imagine this world without philanthropist, how cruel this world would have been in the hands of the government. Both of this great philanthropist had contributed largely to the world and shall never be forgotten. Bill gates is a true example of leadership

You see it’s such a beautiful thing to see such good people still roam this planet. I imagine this world without philanthropist, how cruel this world would have been in the hands of the government. Both of this great philanthropist had contributed largely to the world and shall never be forgotten. Bill gates is a true example of leadership

yes not guess, you alright, i agree with you I’m guessing more people would agree with him than they did in 2003

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excellent post..
you talk about those who have been doing well in society here.. mother teresa is one of them.. you mentioned her words here.. mother teresa did not have her own wealth , but she has helped many people in the field of service , as it is still immortal..
i can see that you have mentioned the achievement of your university library card.. university library is essential for knowledge..and we know that someone who lives with a wise person dies by his knowledge and actions...
the pictures uploaded on the post are awesome..your posts are very educative.. i love reading your posts much better.. waiting for your next post..

When someone get rich, money should become a resource to improve the world and the help people. Gates just uses it for his own terrible goals.

Mr. Bill Gates used money to change this world and Mother Teresa use the power of love to change this world. And I think love is more powerful than money." Source

your all post are so much important and interesting so that I always follow your all posts @donkeypong. Thank so much for your important informative post bro.

I do not think helping should be measure by who have helped most. Helping others can be done in different ways. Helping should be done from the heart, either with material things or a show of love. Sometimes just showing a broken person care and support could heal that person, of which money cannot do. It is easy for the good certain people do, be announced and shown to the world because they are famous and have the attention of the society.

There are many people giving a helping everyday in the little way they can. I am sure you have helped so many people directly or indirectly without you know. @donkeypong, you have a helping heart.

Now doubt both of them did good, mother Teresa has been gone for more than a decade now while Bill Gates is still alive and kicking so it will be unfair to make comparisons between the two. It is clear that Gates no doubt has done more good than the deceased . thank you for sharing such a thought provoking content. It was an enjoyable read.very good picture of volunteer.

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mother teresa said that
If you decide to judge people, you will not have time to love

i love mother teresa life thank you for this post

People who help others without expecting in return are heroes no matter how big or small that help maybe. Our world needs those kind of people.

mother teresa said that
If you decide to judge people, you will not have time to love

i love mother teresa life thank you for this post

What can I say, philanthropy was well defined by these two men and at one time it seemed like Gates really outdid himself.
Many kinda people in the world have witnessed the amazing kindness of these these men and as it were they still can't cover the whole world, that's why the legacies of these people should be carried on

ase excuse if this is my closely-held conviction. Much appreciated @donkey

Doors isn't just helping African countries, yet the various destitution struck countries on the planet. He has to a great extent added to the fields of training and research to annihilate dangerous sicknesses from the world.

My impression (in view of distributed reports) is that a piece of the discussion he had with his significant other, around the time they began thinking about turning into a genuine couple, was her asking what he needed his inheritance to be, and that the response to that was that he understood (or was persuaded - it wasn't precisely clear) that utilizing such an enormous fortune to make a superior life for the world's underclass would, thus, make a superior world for all (counting those of us advantaged enough to be naturally introduced to the primary world).

It's the reason his first beneficent reason was the training of ladies in poor nations - he examined how to get the greatest outcome from the littlest venture, and found that a considerable measure of issues come from the way that ladies aren't instructed adequately to settle on the savvies decisions. An amazing (to a few, at any rate) consequence of instructing ladies is a significant drop in the birth rate (however this must be combined with sufficient human services for kids to totally grab hold). Why? Instructing ladies gives them the devices to improve their youngsters' lives, and makes the kids more inclined to get by to adulthood, which is the essential driver (or so it appears to be) behind high birth rates.

The man who dies rich dies in disgrace.
The best way to live forever is to live in the hearts of men.
Charity is the password to this, touching lives
I can not thank you enough for this wonderful post..
God bless you

Thank you for sharing this as it is my first time heard of Andrew Carnegie. Mother Teresa and Bill Gates's names were more popular at my school while I was growing up. Everyone was thrilled by what they had done and laid down. But never had I knew about Carnegie. And wow he had spent alot for so many libraries already.

It has been days I tried to find you at various discord to personally thank you. But I could not find you. There was no way to connect except here at your blog. Sorry if this is considered a spam.

Thank you very much from the bottom of my heart for your generosity and big heart. It gave me a huge surprise hence I looked high and low for you.

I have no choice but to connect with you here. Jansen maybe discharged tomorrow and we are beyond thrilled. He got back his lively cheeky smile again despite lungs still heavily congested.

Once again, thank you @donkeypong (Tom). Here I Include Jansen's latest photo. No longer looking like a dead fish.

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Hope we keep in touch. Through this ordeal, I found out many kindhearted Steemians all around the world. Thank you again @donkeypong. We are so touched by you.

The Two people has done a lot for this world but we all got our fans so Mother Teresa and Bill Gates do

The people which Mother Teresa help up won't forgrt and world the whole wont forget bill gate ever

Not really sure why Mackey would even compare the two. That's just kind of bizarre to me.

And someone should have told him who really cares? They helped many people and both are looked on as kind and benevolent people.

Like comparing apples to oranges, imho.

And Carnegie was quite a Giver as well. Really incredible what he did with libraries across the World.

Thanks for sharing @donkeypong

People who contributed a lot to society were helping everyone
Really great article indeed
Thank you for measuring you

I think that are three types of people highly beneficial to humanity: the good people, the humble and the wise. Good people imitate one of the most attractive facets of the personality of Jesus, who "went through life doing good" . A quality that depends not so much on temperament, or on humor, but on the richness of love in the person.
The truly good person, short or long term, exerts an effective, sure, inevitable influence on those who live with it; a transformation - usually gradual - operated by the force of his peace and patience, of his understanding and forgiveness, of his free availability. So I think goodness implies a life oriented towards the neighbor, with the peaceful desire to make it with any pretext a little happier.
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