Bill Davis

Volunteer for charity, SOS Dogs for Autism
Myrtle Beach, SC, United States

About Bill

Bio

Educated at Wake Forest University and Medical Center
Residencies at Henry Ford, N.C. Baptist Hospital and Memorial Medical Center
Of Savannah, GA
Practiced Urology in Myrtle Beach 18 years
21 years ago founded SOS Health Care / Director 19 years/ Retired
Wife, Elaine, married 49 years, with three children ages 45, 42, and 21

Languages

English

Areas of Expertise

Servant leadership

An idea worth spreading

way of living: do kindness, love justice, and walk humbly with God [Micah 6:8] and other ways of living as a spiritual being in this physical world

I'm passionate about

Serving Jesus, my Savior and Lord, who revealed himself in dozens and dozens of events in my life, I call God-incidences [instead of coincidences].

Talk to me about

why Christians are so divided especially in their political priorities; how we can find common ground among ourselves and with non-christians globally so we can move toward peace on earth

People don't know I'm good at

feeding on The Word of God

My TED story

no story--just a seeker of truth wherever it can be found

Favorite talks

Comments & conversations

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Bill Davis
Posted 7 months ago
How can you get a wealthy person to be open to compassionate nudging, knowing that compassionate action is its own reward & potentiator?
Certainly those that accumulate wealth to share it with those with less are not self-serving. They generally don't accumulate enough to become wealthy however. If you keep the money for yourself or yours, that is the problem. That is self-serving. That leads to some having more than they need and others not enough to have a self-sufficient life.
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Bill Davis
Posted 7 months ago
How can you get a wealthy person to be open to compassionate nudging, knowing that compassionate action is its own reward & potentiator?
Mrs. Speaker, I am so sorry you misunderstood the adjective "greedy" i used before the word "rich" to mean all rich are greedy. It was meant to be a way of differentiating them from the non-greedy rich. Also, I did not say the rich "do not" notice generosity and love. I said "if" they will notice. You have jumped to judge my comments as is typical of right-wing conservative mantra to demonize the non-rich [sound familiar?]. And did I suggest that the politicians you mentioned are not rich or not greedy or that they did not make their wealth by manipulation of the system? The greedy rich know who they are, I suspect. It hurts to find themselves called greedy though, having thought they had hidden it. It may hurt the low income person more though to have the rich make money on their backs.
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Bill Davis
Posted 7 months ago
How can you get a wealthy person to be open to compassionate nudging, knowing that compassionate action is its own reward & potentiator?
Natural vs unnatural, virtue is unnatural, accommodation in order to survive, some presuming natural is good. There is a part of every living thing that is nature and another that is supranatural. We can think, say & do what our nature deems best until we harm ourselves or are stopped by others we hurt, or by what society deems better. We then can consider, is there a better way? Our the supranatural All Good which every living creature has, but only humans can choose proactively through reason, can be cultivated to overcome our nature, and virtue appears in us. Only when the All Good [God] is chosen over nature by enough humans can society become more just and equality be approached. An environment that is more just and approaching equality can result in peace and joy for all who live in it.
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Bill Davis
Posted 7 months ago
How can you get a wealthy person to be open to compassionate nudging, knowing that compassionate action is its own reward & potentiator?
Jimmy Strobl, I rarely start a conversation on TED, but I remember your previous sound comments and followed yours with the lady that believes her personal observations more than science [from my question on TED] Thought you might respond to this: We have in all of us, the All Good, but we act mostly upon what we cultivate, or what we are cultivated by, e.g., greed or generosity. A quote from the 13th century mystic Angela of Foligna: 'He is present in every creature and in everything that has being, in a devil and a good angel, in heaven and hell, in good deeds and in adultery or homicide, in all things, finally, which exist or have some degree of being, whether beautiful or ugly." I submit that the only good that comes from me is the result of this Presence being cultivated by my passion to rush from my bed each day and spend hours connecting to Jesus, as Jesus desires, before I do one other thing.
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Bill Davis
Posted 7 months ago
How can you get a wealthy person to be open to compassionate nudging, knowing that compassionate action is its own reward & potentiator?
Sure, when the top 400 income earners in the nation net the same amount as the bottom 50% of earners [400 compared to over a 100,000,000!], they sure should pay a whole lot more taxes. "If you do work for them they are much more likely to donate," you say. That's not donating at all, but paying for services. No generosity, compassion, or economic equality in that. Most rich got rich by not sharing and will try to stay rich by not sharing. Our tax laws and welfare to corporations [since the rich buy national elections] assure the inequality of income will continue to grow. Go to the financial advisor who gets spedific direction from I.M. Wealthy for charitable donations [if does not bring a tax deduction]? Don't believe you will get a penny out of the rich because the financial advisor is generous.
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Bill Davis
Posted 7 months ago
How can you get a wealthy person to be open to compassionate nudging, knowing that compassionate action is its own reward & potentiator?
Of course, you are right! No nudging as suggested by the TED speaker is going to work. Modeling is the best way of impacting them, if the greedy rich will notice it. Giving them an example of generosity and love is all we can do. No judging or attacking, which tends to be the self-serving rich's thoughts, words and actions, will do anything but increase the distance between the givers and the takers. Thanks for your thoughts on this!
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Bill Davis
Posted about 3 years ago
Why don't people believe in God?
Matthieu, you sure have people of faith pegged: full of fluff without content to their old dumb mantra; thoughtless as to the effect of our words on the faithless; can't handle life with people different from ourselves; and certainly I, in particular, don't know a thing about science and accept only people of faith into my "family." You must have thought long and hard about the existence, or non-existence of God. Which is so much better than many who have never gotten out of their little box of self, not seeing beyond their arm's length to any other possible understandings of life on earth, To stereotype THEM --those people of faith so, reveals your closed mind. To open your mind to really consider people of faith in your "heterogeneous" world, I offer: 1] I spend my spare time helping the homeless, mentally ill, birth defective children, foster children & folks pursuing a worldview where love rules. I do this because I love God. How do you make this world better with your activities of choice? 2] Science brings this world technological & material progress. However, without spiritual wisdom, relying on our own strength, not a Higher Authority, we are in danger of being destroyed by this progress even as we benefit from it in so many ways, Would you depend upon the wisdom and power of those in charge of the technology and wealth to prevent tragedy in the use of it? This is such an overwhelming problem, some people of faith turn to God, the ultimate authority, to harness the good brought by technology and material progress for the safety of all. There are circumstances which are beyond us mortals to understand and deal with. You won't find that God is trustworthy to handle such unless you have personally tried it as I, and many people of faith, have. Thank you for considering what I have said. I look forward to further dialogue with you on this subject
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Bill Davis
Posted about 3 years ago
comments
I am so grateful that my life is filled with God loving folks who are at least civil to strangers. Your vicious response to my comment does not offend me but proves you need God.