Filed under: brave new world, the sweet life | Tags: alain de botton, Bill Gates, justice, poverty, wealth
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Your fault if you’re poor – says Gates; how can it be your fault there’s just so much randomness – counters de Botton, below. Gates’s – also Trump’s – view adds misery to life unnecessarily.
If you are born poor it’s not your mistake, but if you die poor it is your mistake.
I think it’s the randomness of the winning and losing process, that I want to stress. Because the emphasis nowadays so much is on the justice of everything … Now I’m a firm believer in justice. I just think that it’s impossible. We should do everything we can to pursue it, but at the end of the day we should always remember that whoever is facing us, whatever has happened in their lives, there will be a strong element of the haphazard. And it’s that that I’m trying to leave room for, because otherwise it can get quite claustrophobic.
Alain de Botton
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