Reflections from the billionaire war of words

There’s been a massive war of words between a few current and former Facebook billionaires that’s commanded a ton of media attention in the last few days.

I get that they’re attempting to prove their ideologies and actions right. As Yuval Harari might say, we have a strong need to believe in our own myths. But, it just comes across as childish and petty while also proving that having plenty of wealth does not guarantee happiness. Far from it.

As they continue to snipe and call each other names, I find myself wishing they’d switch the focus of their fight to an arbitrary topic (any topic, really!) that actually matters – how to better use their billions to help people whose lives are impacted by the very technologies that made them rich or how we can do better to tackle climate change.

We need more attention on that stuff.