My friend recently shared blog post with me. I skimmed it and didn’t watch the hour-long interview (that both she and blog recommend), but I guess the general gist is Jay-Z and Warren Buffet are out there doing some amazing things. Pretty awesome. (Also, who would have thought Jay-Z and Warren Buffet would be sitting side by side giving an interview?)
That post reminded me of a Marketplace interview I had heard a few weeks back. It was with an Oxford professor named Tony Ord who decided to donate $1 million dollars over the course of his life. He’s currently living on around $27K a year and has a website to encourage other ordinary people in these philanthropic ventures.
What inspires me about people like Toby Ord or William Crouch (another Oxfordian who is donating a third of his $25K/year income) is that they are incredibly normal.
Granted, they’re not poor, but they’re not Zuckerberg or Gates. I think as comfortable Middle-Classers, we can get used to a modest but selfish lifestyle… although I am definitely not making enough to qualify for middle class right now, I can say that with my abilities, education, etc, I am not suffering and probably will never suffer for economic reasons – at least not any more than the next man or woman. Anyway, examples like these remind me not to be complacent! You should think over this too!