How Much Is Enough?

| 7/5/2012 10:17:29 AM

Peter Buffett, son of billionaire investor Warren Buffett, is an Emmy Award-winning composer, NY Times best-selling author and noted philanthropist. Currently, he is releasing socially-conscious music and touring his “Concert & Conversation” series in support of his book Life Is What You Make It.   

“Bought and Sold” by Peter Buffett

I keep coming back to the question, “how much is enough?”

Now you may think that’s a pretty ironic question coming from the son of one of the richest people in the world. But actually, it might just make me an expert on the subject. You see, my dad is the poster boy for the question. He has all the money anyone could ever want and he doesn’t need another house, fancier food, more people around him telling him he’s important, more stuff on his shelves or the latest electronic gadget in his pocket. None of it would make him happier than he is already—doing what he loves.

So how much is enough? What are these CEO’s and hedgefund guys spending their money on ... or more importantly why? Who needs that much money? Their need to line their pockets and hoard as much as possible speaks to the larger question of personal responsibility, moral bankruptcy and a need to fill a bottomless hole caused by ... what?

The American dream is mostly just that—a dream. Which doesn’t mean it’s not worth believing in or working towards. But this country was built on domination and exploitation—it’s no wonder it’s in the fabric of our banks, corporations and government. It really couldn’t be any other way. You reap what you sow. You can’t start a declaration of independence with the phrase “all men are created equal” written by slaveholders and not expect a schizophrenic start to a republic.

So let’s take another comment from Thomas Jefferson:

David Lunbeck
7/26/2012 5:55:05 PM

I sometimes wonder if we will eventually strangle ourselves in our own garbage .....

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