Okay… I fibbed a little bit but don’t be mad

Hey, I tried. For one full day or so I said I would be good. http://advantagesofmutualrespectandfairplay.com/2010/10/09/what-i-have-written-i-have-written/ 

But I was struck by the inappropriateness of what I read recently.

http://realestate.msn.com/blogs/listedblogpost.aspx?post=1816304&GT1=35006

Can anyone justify a billion dollar home?   http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Antilia_(building) Even if you can afford it?  And in India of all places where the country is rife with poverty?

Perhaps I am just jealous.  Or maybe a billion dollars doesn’t buy what it used to.   I guess when you are a billionaire you have an image to live up to, right?

You know, people always say they would do this or that if they won or inherited a fortune, but you never really know what you’d do until you do it.  I’ll bet Mukesh Ambani saw Slumdog Millionaire and was touched by the desperate plight of the people living in Mumbai.

And in all fairness, Mukesh Ambani will be employing 600 staff in a new house designed to accommodate a family of five so that will help their economy.  But why can’t he be more subtle, use his influence and wealth in a classy way, like Oprah?

Look what she has done with… The Oprah Winfrey Show, O the Oprah Magazine, O at Home, Oprah.com, Oprah Radio, Harpo Films, (Oprah spelled backwards) Oprah’s Book Club, Oprah’s Angel Network, Oprah Winfrey Leadership Academy for Girls, The Oprah Winfrey Network…

At least American billionaires have the good taste NOT to flaunt their wealth.

peace. 

P.S.  As a side note…

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/39710831/ns/us_news-giving?gt1=43001

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2 Responses to “Okay… I fibbed a little bit but don’t be mad”

  1. Bradly Kujat Says:

    A very lovely lady. A true humanitarian. I love how she shows a willingness to extend assistance to others, without an expectation of a reward in return. She develops strong, lasting friendships, that benefit her in a variety of ways. She also shows a strong sense of charity, and a significant degree of compassion for the downtrodden, or any of the less fortunate on earth. she also seems to have the knack for putting her guests at ease, with excellent tact in catering to diverse needs, and the development of group activities. Oprah possesses a natural talent for operating effectively within a social order. She will always have jealously and envy surrounding her, because of these beautiful qualities she has been blessed with. To Oprah, continue to keep up the good work!

  2. Chantal Says:

    I think you ARE staying true to yourself and to the merits & values of your blog. You’re about mutual respect and fair play, and bringing to light those instances where it doesn’t really shine…..and holy mack, Mr. Ambani’s home (if you can call it that) is a blight on respect and fairness. I feel sorry for his family who will have to live in that structure and call it home sweet home. As for the people of Mumbai & the rest of India, one day there will be a revolt, such oppression will not last.

    About Oprah…..thank you for saying what millions know: there is no denying her business savvy, and kudos to her for doing what she does with her money. However, let’s not get too carried away: She is the Queen of Self-Promotion. She would not do anything if it didn’t somehow put her at the forefront, as you have pointed out. The money she gives away is minimal in comparison to the money she collects, which makes her charity work relative to what most people (most ordinary working class people) do. It doesn’t hurt to give $20 bucks a year when you make $50,000, just as it doesn’t hurt to give $2 million when you’re worth over $2 billion. What I’m saying is it’s not a big deal, and good for her that she does it, she SHOULD! What I find odious about Oprah is that it must be about her, always. Plus she can’t interview worth beans. Her show attracts the biggest names in so many areas, yet she sits there asking the most assinine questions, her head constantly bobbing side to side, looking all over the studio at her “people” and her staff while her interview subject is trying to answer her, rarely looking at the person she’s supposed to interview. I agree with the above comment, that she has a natural talent for operating effectively within a social order…..she knows which side her bread is buttered and uses it all to showcase herself.

    I think your tongue-in-cheek comment about American billionaires will sail right over most people’s heads……

    I’m glad these things outrage you, as they do me.
    Peace,
    Your outraged BB

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