Bless you, Bezos, for your balls
Only a handful of people in the world have the real power to change things and make the world a better place. They can do this because of either their knowledge or success or wealth or personality. These people are my heroes.
For example, Gandhi and Mandela used their personalities to bring change to India and South Africa respectively. Bill Gates uses his wealth to wage an epic war against malaria, that isn’t really getting the media attention it deserves. Steve Jobs may be a controversial entry in this list, but I’m old enough to recall how pathetic the original cellphones looked like, before Jobs changed our world with his keen sense of aesthetics.
The thing is ordinary people like me can rail all we want against the many things that are going wrong in our world, but no one even hears us. Simply because we are no one. We lack credibility, and our voice will not be heard.
But the sad reality is most folks who have this power to change things, rarely do so. Take Zuckerberg. Though he had the opportunity to help shape how media changes the world, he chose to ignore the proliferation of fake news on Facebook, and instead focus on making billions. It’s partly because of Facebook’s failure that we live today in a world where alternate facts are a reality. All over the world, crooked politicians have been emboldened to lie outright, knowing they can manipulate the media to turn those lies into truth by a simple strategy of sheer repetitions of the lie backed by a thick skin.
However just when we were thinking truth was going extinct, Bezos decides to expose the corrupt media to the world, while willingly paying the price of exposing his privates to the world. What makes this act so surprising is that this would be a big deal to most people unless they happen to be porn stars.
There’s a lot about Bezos that I don’t like including his exploitation of his employees, his business ethics, and lately his morals. But his statement of, “If in my position I can’t stand up to this kind of extortion, how many people can?” straightaway elevates him to my exclusive list of heroes who have used their power to change the world for the better.
I don’t know how this will play out, or if truth will eventually win the day.
But I will always relish the irony of how Bezos when caught with his pants down, stood up for truth.