In trying to fully grasp the magnitude of your generous gift I have come to partially understand something rather profound. The money we earn to pay our housing and daily needs is currency, currency that can be counted. The money we make beyond our expenses is energy, energy that can be used to improve health conditions, energy that can be used to conduct medical research, energy that can be used to educate the people who need education the most, like politicians.
Choosing the Gates Foundation as a means to best distribute that energy makes me suppose you put just as much thought into how best to spend it as you did into how to make it. Effectively, you have turned the popular bumper sticker, "He who dies with the most toys wins," on its head.
You have given America a moment of pride, Mr. Buffett, a moment of faith. Heck, in the shadow of your generosity I have decided to ignore the hot dog eating contest televised on the 4th of July as the sign of a declining society. Not only have you literally saved the day for many people world-wide, but you have brightened a day for America.
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Dah Hui Lau (David)