George Soros; Beating the Odds

According to the Atlantic’s article ‘The Capitalist Threat’, human history features a pattern of several dynasties which all, at the time of their hegemony, assumed that their civilization was superior to others. They always fell because of going forth to impose their answers to humanity on other civilizations which had their own answers. According to Karl Popper, an Australian philosopher who lived during the Second World War, the world can be truly at peace if all the people respected each other’s beliefs. His philosophy prescribes a community and a civilization in which people tolerate other people’s opinion and live democratically. He also prescribed that even in democracies where the majority always wins, the opinions, grievances, and dignity of minority groups should be considered justly and objectively. He described the whole concept as the Open Society.

To achieve such a global concept is a long shot and even the philosopher knew that. He published a book detailing why such an ideal world is hard to achieve; the Open Society and Its Enemies. To achieve an open society, humanity would have to beat a lot of odds.The odds of George Soros surviving his childhood were pretty slim. He was born in a family of intelligent people though, so he beat the odds. His own family had slim odds of surviving the Hungarian Nazi occupation too, but they did. The family, Jewish like the other 500,000 Hungarians whom the Nazi Regime killed, survived by concealing their Jewish identities. They did more than just save their lives; they risked their lives to save many other families as well.

The odds of successfully fabricating identity documents for multitudes were slim but they beat them. Afterward, the Soros family let George pursue an education in pursuit of a better future. The odds of a Jew getting a proper education in Hungary at those times were too little but George beat them by moving to London where he attended the London School of Economics.George Soros moved to the United States after completing his coursework and worked as a banker. He saved up and got into the investment sector: a trade of high-odd risks. He established hedge funds and ultimately settled for the Soros Fund Management, his sole source of financial freedom. He beat the high odds his childhood presented for him to become wealthy by rising to become one of the richest men in the world. He is worth 26 billion dollars. He also beat the high odds against steering hedge funds profitably.

After he did, he established the Open Society Foundation which strives to beat the odds against Karl Popper’s dream of humanity achieving an Open Society.Since its inception, the Open Society has helped the world beat any odds with its philanthropy. It grew phenomenally to become the largest philanthropic organization in human history. It has absorbed over 85 percent of the 12 billion dollars that George Soros has given out to charitable causes. It is fast achieving its purpose of realizing Karl Popper’s global Open Society, beating every odd that comes its way. The biggest odd that the initiative faces in achieving its purpose is the prospect of George’s death. However, to beat the odd, Soros is restructuring the Open Society Fund to operate in perpetuity after his death.

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