I much needed reassessment of ‘philanthropy’…
“In practice, however, since the start of the Gate Foundation’s more than $8 B eradication project, to which Mr. Bloomberg recently added $100 M, the polio cases have not even been halved. In 2012, India was held up as a great success because its cases of polio dropped to zero from being half the world’s total. The price for this, however, appears to have been over 47,500 cases in 2011 alone of an infectious disease with polio’s symptoms and twice the lethality, but labeled “non-polio acute flaccid paralysis” (NPAFP). The incidence of NPAFP is directly related to the number of oral polio vaccine (OPV) doses a person receives.”
It is the stupidest children who are the most childish and the stupidest grown-ups who are the most grown-up.
C.S. Lewis, The Silver Chair (via the-flame-imperishable)
As a culture, as a nation, we cannot occupy a respected place in the world unless and until we restore sacredness to life. You and I are much more than a dissected pile of organs, blood, bone, and flesh. Life is more than just pieces and parts; it is breath, interaction, spontaneity. Gifts and talents, creativity and intuition, entrepreneurship and work ethic - these define the individual.
Joel Salatin (via dudeboobs)
He’s a poet, a philosopher, an activist, a leader, a farmer, an entrepreneur, a human being.