I just watched a video of Bill Gates on MSNBC, talking about “Clean Energy, Donald Trump, And Stocks”. It was dope. He’s a strong speaker, and incredibly well informed on his areas of interest. He’s also particularly good at admitting what he doesn’t know, and dodging invitations to emotional or critical statements.
He has a strong air of, “not only do I know about the crazy shit people would want to argue with me about, and not only have I researched and considered those things, but I am on top of my shit to such an extent that I can remain silent as the ridiculous swarms of bullshit pass by and try me.” (This parts more of an opinion).
He talked about Trump with the calmest tone of anybody who’s, let’s say, trying to save the world from climate change, and overall made me feel pretty optimistic. Sweet video, I’d recommend it.
And then- I clicked on a suggested video called “Bill Gates just met with Trump at Trump Tower, look what he said” by a channel called “end times prophecy news” (youtube hasn’t forgotten my intense interest in all things end times from a few years ago).
I didn’t watch much of it. I glanced over some of the comments, restrained myself from jumping into the ridiculous conversations, and wrote a lone comment that I think anybody could benefit from, especially somebody as fascinated by conspiracies as I once was. I share it with you now:
Background: People believe that Bill Gates is evil
“One would have to study a tremendous amount to really understand the motives of Bill Gates and the world in which he operates- and then, I think they would realize that he is a pretty normal (except really smart and successful) guy who is doing his best to make a positive impact.
Having been consumed in conspiracies for some years of my life, I find it amazing how confidently people speak of understanding the world situation, even as they’ve done almost no background research. One can easily find a self-confirming stream of information that will make you feel like you know what’s going on. Yes, the mainstream is dumb, but an easy answer to the situation is preying on that very dumbness, not curing it.
Religion is the classic, simple explanation of why things are the way they are. We can come to conclusions quickly, having hardly tapped the potential of our own understanding. We can be loud, critical, and dogmatic- completely ignorant to how we would otherwise be able to actually change somebody’s mind.
If we stop defending what we know, and start trying to disprove it, we are finally on the path to truth.”