Tuesday, January 22, 2008

The Moral Instinct (The New York Times)

The Moral Instinct
Published: January 13, 2008

Which of the following people would you say is the most admirable: Mother Teresa, Bill Gates or Norman Borlaug? And which do you think is the least admirable? For most people, it’s an easy question. Mother Teresa, famous for ministering to the poor in Calcutta, has been beatified by the Vatican, awarded the Nobel Peace Prize and ranked in an American poll as the most admired person of the 20th century. Bill Gates, infamous for giving us the Microsoft dancing paper clip and the blue screen of death, has been decapitated in effigy in “I Hate Gates” Web sites and hit with a pie in the face. As for Norman Borlaug . . . who the heck is Norman Borlaug?

(Hint: Norman Borlaug is "father of the 'Green Revolution' that used agricultural science to reduce world hunger, has been credited with saving a billion lives, more than anyone else in history.")

A very fascinating article, read it here.

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