BILL GATES, THE SECOND RICHEST Man in the world (worth US$98 Billion) resigned two weeks ago from the Board of two of the world’s most successful companies (Microsoft and Berkshire Hathaway of Warren Buffett) to devote the rest of his life to philanthropy. He is only 64.

Gates is into global health, poverty alleviation and education as a key out of penury. His Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation is the world’s largest private charitable foundation to which Gates contributed US$38B of his Microsoft wealth.

In the last decade, this multi-billionaire college dropout spent more time giving away his money than the time earning it.

The timing of Gate’s resignation seemed perfect as the world entered into a critical stage of the world pandemic called Covid-19. It is this same Bill Gates who- 4 years ago- claimed that the next thing that will potentially kill 10 million people on the planet earth is not nuclear war but a disease carried out by microbes.

Prophetically, he said the disease will be deadlier than the Ebola and more of the Spanish Flu which in 1918 infected millions of people all over the world.

Four years ago, he said to protect ourselves from this – the world must be ready with a global team of epidemiologists, a dedicated medical team and must educate people to prepare for the epidemic. Apparently we have not.

He said then- the WHO (World Health Organisation) was structured to monitor- not to deal and attack a pandemic.

After his resignation, Bill Gates, who we now consider as a modern-day prophet and hero came out a profound philosophy in viewing the raging Coronavirus pandemic. Let’s read and heed him well, It could define why we are really here on earth for.

What is the Coronavirus Really Teaching Us?

I am a strong believer that there is a spiritual purpose behind everything that happens, whether that is what we perceive as being good or being bad.

As I meditate upon this, I want to share with you what I feel the Coronavirus is really doing to us:

– It is reminding us that we are all equal, regardless of our culture, religion, occupation, financial situation or how famous we are. This disease treats us all equally, perhaps we should too. If you don’t believe me, just ask Tom Hanks.

– It is reminding us that we are all connected and something that affects one person has an effect on another. It is reminding us that the false borders that we have put up have little value as this virus does not need a passport. It is reminding us, by oppressing us for a short time, of those in this world whose whole life is spent in oppression.

– It is reminding us how precious our health is and how we have moved to neglect it through eating nutrient-poor manufactured food and drinking water that is contaminated with chemicals upon chemicals. If we don’t look after our health, we will, of course, get sick.

– It is reminding us of the shortness of life and of what is important for us to do, which is to help each other, especially those who are old or sick. Our purpose is not to buy toilet roll.

– It is reminding us of how materialistic our society has become and how when in times of difficulty, we remember that it’s the essentials that we need (food, water, medicine) as opposed to the luxuries that we sometimes unnecessarily give value to.

– It is reminding us of how important our family and home life is and how much we have neglected this. It is forcing us back into our houses so we can rebuild them into our homes and to strengthen our family unit.

– It is reminding us that our true work is not our job, that is what we do, not what we were created to do. Our true work is to look after each other, to protect each other and to be of benefit to one another.

– It is reminding us to keep our egos in check. It is reminding us that no matter how great we think we are or how others think how great we are, a virus can bring our world to a standstill.

– It is reminding us that the power of free will is in our hands. We can choose to cooperate and help each other, to share, to give, to help and to support each other or we can choose to be selfish, to hoard, to look after only out self. Indeed, it is difficulties that bring out our true colors.

– It is reminding us that we can be patient, or we can panic. We can either understand that this type of situation has happened many times before in history and will pass, or we can panic and see it as the end of there world and, consequently, cause ourselves more harm than good.

– It is reminding us that this can either be an end or a new beginning. This can be a time of reflection and understanding, where we learn from our mistakes, or it can be a start of a cycle that will continue until we finally learn the lesson we are meant to.

– It is reminding us that this Earth is sick. It is reminding us that we need to look at the rate of deforestation just as we look at the speed at which toilet rolls are disappearing off shelves. We are sick because our home is sick.

– It is reminding us that after every difficulty, there is always ease. Life is cyclical, and this is just a phase in this great cycle. We do not need to panic, this too shall pass.

Whereas many see the Corona/Covid-19 virus as a great disaster, I prefer to see it as a great corrector.

It is sent to remind us of the important lessons that we seem to have forgotten and it is up to us if we will learn them or not.


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