George Soros has recently decided to give away a large portion of his net worth to charity. In fact, he decided to give away the sum of eighteen billion dollars. According to the New York Times, this type of large donation has rarely been done before. The New York Times also notes how large the Open Society Foundations have become, and how powerful they have become, because of this donation.
George Soros has always been donating money to charity. As a child, he grew up in Europe, Hungary to be exact. He suffered under the Nazis and the Communists. He had to flee from them. This experience shaped his entire outlook on life. He believes that he has to do something about the situation in the world. He believes that he has to help out people who are struggling or suffering. He believes that he can do a lot to change the world, simply because of the wealth that has been bestowed on him and his good fortune. He became extremely wealthy during his dealings on Wall Street.
There is a problem in society, however. According to the Atlantic, there is something going on called the demonization of charity and philanthropy. People on both sides of the political aisle are demonizing people who are philanthropists and donate money to causes that they do not agree with. This is causing people on the extreme right to focus their attention on George Soros. People are very split on a lot of issues. In fact, it can be said that the country is very split politically. People do not want to work together. They become frustrated with what is going on in the country. This causes them to become conspiracy theorists who look for one person or cause to blame. Many find it in George Soros, who has become the scapegoat of their frustration and hate. They get suspicious of what the elites are doing and start blaming them for everything.
The problem with this is that it does not leave room for discussion. It does not let us discuss how philanthropists shape society, whether for the good or for the bad. It also prevents people from doing good in the world. Fortunately, George Soros knows better than to listen to these jealous people. He will continue to donate money as long as he can. There is no way he will stop donating money to help out the poor and the oppressed, regardless of what extremists say about him.