Bill Gates reveals the best decision he ever made

In a recent sit down with the Wall Street Journal, Microsoft co-founder, Bill Gates was asked what the single-best decision he ever made was.

“Uh, you know, I guess getting married,” Gates responded convincingly.

The rest of the brief discussion touched on major global events like climate change and the introduction of cryptocurrency. Gates is a fan of neither. He went into his reasoning when asked “what’s an invention the world could do without?”

“The way cryptocurrency works today allows for certain criminal activities. It’d be good to get rid of that,” Gates continued.

Alongside all the mass death and job loss inspired by the novel coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2), is decreased momentum on a series of unrelated relief efforts. Global warming certainly hasn’t experienced anything like decreased momentum in the meantime. Its destruction is just commingling with the social disruption realized by the COVID-19 pandemic.

“Anyone who thinks it‘s easy {climate change} should know that it’s hard. And anyone who thinks it’s impossible should know that it’s possible but hard,” Gates said during the interview.

Polarization is a solid throughline between the two macro events, however. And Gates knows this better than most. He’s been a prominent voice in both climate change awareness and infectious disease research for almost as long as he’s been shorthand for tech brilliance. Neither position has done many favors for his popularity.

The magnate has gone on the record many times to voice his frustration at his role in fueling conspiratorial ideation. His daughter even riffed on this trend with a cheeky post on social media after receiving a vaccine. 

In 2021, it’s all about who’s the first to say a thing. If someone with blue pill cred like Elon Musk champion’s a cause, the public is much less prone to put their tinfoil hats on. Conversely, Gates couldn’t say the sky was blue without a digital mob erupting to challenge him.

A lot of this enmity stems from a fair mistrust in the elite but mistrust of any class on the principal is bound to delay progress.

It’s in fact very possible for morally reprehensible people to occasionally say things worth hearing, just like it’s possible for benevolent people to be remarkably unintelligent. This may be why Gates feels that participating in civics is our greatest hope at combating large existential crises. It’s our way of conditioning the world in accordance to the best the worst people (politicians) have to say. 

“Their political voice is probably at the top of the list,” Gates on the one thing everyone should do to stop climate change. “There’s a lot of things they buy, you know cars, meat, a variety of products, but because of the government’s central role their speaking out would be the most important thing. “

To this point, Gates recently discussed the Green New Deal with Yahoo Finance. That sentence alone has incredible potential to cause a row even before you know what side of the fence Gates falls on. You could guess which side he falls on. But you might not have guessed that he is in favor of President Donald Trump being allowed back on social media.

Gates insistence on commenting on major world events, despite the backlash it often affords him, demonstrates how much agency the public has forfeited to big wigs and movie stars. I.e people that only have power because of our investment in them.

“It’s easy to feel powerless in the face of a problem as big as climate change,” Gates concludes in his new book, “How to Avoid a Climate Disaster.” “But you’re not powerless. And you don’t have to be a politician or a philanthropist to make a difference. You have influence as a citizen, a consumer and an employee or employer.”