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In an interview with TIME magazine, Bill Gates is quoted as saying:

“Just in terms of allocation of time resources, religion is not very efficient. There’s a lot more I could be doing on a Sunday morning.”

Bill Gates has a net worth of 56 billion dollars. To put that in perspective, there are 181 countries listed in the International Monetary Fund. If we called Bill Gates a country and labeled his 56 billion dollars as his Gross Domestic Product (GDP), he would rank 58th, with more revenue than Bahrain, Jordan, and Iceland combined. At what point is enough finally enough?

But Bill is the pinnacle of wealth. Most of us are nowhere near that. In fact, many of us are just getting by. At least by our standards. You see, when I was retiring from the Navy a few months ago, we learned an interesting statistic that has stayed with me. We learned that 50 percent of the people in the world do not have a toilet.

This basic item of subsistence that we...

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