Originally Posted by Steve Pavlina
In terms of recognized social value, Bill Gates is the clear winner. On the whole, society values his contribution more than that of the monk, including the Dalai Lama. Given what I've paid to Microsoft over the years and given that I use their software every day, I also value Gates' contribution more highly than the monk's. Even though the monk may be aligned with truth and love, if he isn't aligned with power too, he won't deliver much social value. This shortcoming greatly dampens the monk's social impact.
Keep in mind that social value isn't the same thing as intrinsic value or personal value.
Now imagine what Bill Gates could do if he retained his alignment with power but also gained the monk's alignment with truth and love. Similarly, imagine what the monk could do if he brought himself into stronger alignment with power and focused on creating a massive, sustainable social contribution. The Dalai Lama is more aligned with power than most monks, but he could still learn a lot from Bill Gates in this area, especially in the area of creating a practical vision and taking decisive action. The Dalai Lama has been criticized by his own people for being too passive.
Whoa, had a few mental shifts there, where can a get some information on values like social and intrinsic.