Philanthropic work should be encouraged but the motives of avoiding taxation do not deserve any respect from social perspective. Just as Bezos, many billionaires find setting philanthropy funds as a perfect way to avoid paying proportionally decent taxes for social welfare and stability. Taxes, as we all know, can be considered as legal duty for all social members. It is shameful for people in that specific class to convince the mass to firmly believe that they are the cure for some hard social problems while breaking the law and social rules. Although they desire fame and fortune at the same time, I think they choose a wrong way to achieve their goal.
Charity, according to its definition, is the aim of giving money, food, help, etc. to people who are in need. However, unlike the legal duty, charity is expected from instead of requiring from the upper social class. So it is those rich’s rights to deal with their personal property in any way they like. No one can blame them for selfishness and immorality. The deep-rooted global problems such as famine, poverty and diseases are hard to resolve. However, the root cause is not the omission of those rich billionaires. They can help promote the social progress in overall with their resources, but they do not have any responsibilities to do that. In all, they are able to share the burden and moral responsibility, but the presumption is that they have free choice.
Philanthropists with a sincere heart and great passion deserve the title of messiah for those poor people in need, but those “philanthropists” in a mask do not.