The Golden Rule

| 6/5/2012 12:27:46 PM

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. 

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Welcome to what I hope is a regular blog. In a world that adds more content per second than we could possibly consume in a lifetime, here comes more.

Why? Because I keep hearing a phrase over the P.A. system at Penn Station and seeing posters at the airport that say, “If you see something, say something.”

I’m fortunate to have a willing publisher of my attempts to say what I see.

There may be a few things that make my vantage point unique. But it doesn’t make it special.  We all have stories. What I hope is that some of my experiences will start a conversation. I am painfully aware that comments can spin totally against one’s favor. This is where I’m a big fan of The Golden Rule

I’m actually always a fan of The Golden Rule. In many ways, that’s what this blog will be about.

Ken Melville
12/14/2012 9:29:00 AM

When you travel through China, you're in a portable cultural ecotone. You're the coyote walking around in Boston suburbs. The opossum on my deck every night. Two cultural biomes mashed up into a soup of curiosity and vital connections and enlightenment. Such a powerful environment for mutual epiphanies! And it sounds like they're happening all the time. Unfortunately this damnable predatory unregulated capitalism is the new opium and America the Ugly is doing its best to export it to China bigtime. And like the Cage People of Hong Kong, it eventually cages everyone into the same little consumer boxes of unfulfilled need and unhappiness. America is trapped in that dissipating entropy more and more with each generation. They say Millennials are now hooked on the need for the "perfect" wedding and the "perfect" countertops and the "perfect" mate. Second best won't do. And that neurotic meme is our major export. So I'd say be the Alan Lomax of indigenous cultures while there still are some. They are still full of raw beauty and surprises and communal soul. Bring them back from the ecotone for us. Preserve them. Because our divided and fading mongrel nation needs a hit of that ol' tribal lightning juice we used to have. Back when we had one tribe and common dreams and common enemies. Lately we seem to have nothing but uncommon dreams and uncommon enemies. We are many tribes, and like the First Nation folks were before the Euro invasion, there are many wars between our many tribes. In all this talk of succession and Calgonia vs. The Confederacy, perhaps were are looking to get back to our own tribe, our own dreams, our own enemies. The American Experiment in Progress looks to China and perhaps finds some guidance. Keep sending us smoke signals from the ecotone, Peter!

Scott Thompson
7/2/2012 12:45:40 AM

Hi Peter, Thanks for the invitation. Looking forward to hearing more of your wisdom & perspective. All the best... Scott Thompson

6/10/2012 4:56:27 AM

Hey Peter, we're fans of the Golden Rule too...

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