Being a public figure is no mean feat. You have to watch what you eat and what you wear when you walk out your door. Those were George Soros sentiments and the kind you would expect from a person in his shoes.
The man is the founder of Open Society Foundations, a philanthropist, an investor, a thinker, a writer often published in the NY Times and NY Books and the owner of many other such titles that most people have never heard of before.
It is not every day that the people on top make it a mission to help the underprivileged. George Soros is not like the rest of his peers when it comes to philanthropy. From helping South Africans go to school during apartheid to getting people out of jail, the man has been everywhere.
When an idealist and a thinker write, you can bet it will not be about a non-issue. In his NY Books article Wake up, Europe, he challenges Europe to face the challenge posed by Russia. Soros sees Russia as a threat to the harmony that exists in the EU.
Ever the pacifist, Soros is not an advocate of war. He foresees the use of force by Russia to solve their disputes as a premise for war. If he is writing about it, you can be sure that he is serious about it. After all, we are talking about someone who bankrolled a legal tussle that wanted to stop the Republicans from passing certain voting laws.
George Soros does all this because he wants to change. After all, he did try to remove President Bush from power when he funded a voter campaign against him, according to the NY Times. Soros believes in this course of action so much that he is prepared to give $5 million to the legal endeavor so long us the restrictive laws never see the light of day.
Finding such a philanthropist with clear goals and passion in the modern world is not an easy task. Soros said that he was even proud and honored to be part of the movement that wants to bring change using the justice system.
This will not be the first time either. In the past, Soros has been vocal in establishing accountability frameworks in mining industries. This has led to a decrease in the bloodshed that usually goes hand in hand with mining and scarce resources.
If George Soros is proof of anything, it is the fact that being rich and famous can be used to build a better world. It is the courage that makes a person stand against other forces that make a legend.