The Golden Rule

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

Tags: Peter Buffett, Self-Help,

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...

julie novak
6/10/2012 1:58:11 AM

Peter. Was so moved tonite by Concert and Conversation. I learned alot about the new stories I need to explore about myself and the ones that i have grown to believe. Can't wait to read the book. And the music was amazing!

ken melville
6/7/2012 10:03:32 PM

Actually Walter, I think that's right right, we do all, individually, "have it". We have everything we need right now as individuals. But individuals can achieve far greater things in larger social systems using what they have as individuals in concert.

walter bebirian
6/7/2012 4:01:44 PM

Ken in reply to your statement about lacking resources - please watch this brief video:

walter bebirian
6/7/2012 3:52:16 PM

Hi Peter - you are doing a great job and I admire your path and your efforts along that path - each one of us - no matter who we are or where we come from can only do with what we have and do what we see that it is that we have that we can work with - that is simply why showing everyone - no matter who they are and what they do - different perspectives is something that I have dedicated most if not all of my life to - and along the way I understand completely that a major important point is that we can either have faith or fear - and when you believe in something and have faith in it working and in it being the right path for you to follow - there is nothing that can happen except that it will work - here is something to think about that I believe is applicable to today's world - let me know what you think of this: enjoy the day and I hope that this will bring you back into the room - thank you! Walter :-)

peter buffett
6/7/2012 12:37:54 PM

Ken throws it down like no other!! How do you hit the nail on the head so squarely, Mr Melville??

peter buffett
6/7/2012 12:37:06 PM

Yikes! I appreciate that, for sure... but unfortunately, we have a system that gets the wrong people interested in running. Or more correctly, the right people disinterested. The nation-state is a new idea. It may be a great one.. but not in this form. I'm a big fan of thinking about bio-regions. Here's an example of one: This is my first experience in the comment box... I sure wish you could put a space in here somewhere....

ken melville
6/7/2012 3:59:59 AM

+100 to that! The question is: President of what? What was America just got bought out from under us. We just need to reframe our concept of "nation" and think like the First Nations folks.

p curry
6/7/2012 3:46:45 AM

Peter Buffett for President!!!

susan utell
6/7/2012 2:36:38 AM

I checked out the Golden Rule and it reminds me of the Native American tradition of the Potlash. Thanks for bringing this up.

julie novak
6/7/2012 12:55:29 AM

Peter! Your perspective is a very, very valuable one. In a world where many children of privilege are raised without a clear perspective of what it means to give back in the world, you are an exception. I look forward to hearing more of your thoughts as I continue to get to know you! Thank you!

bonnie ball
6/6/2012 11:46:59 PM

When I was a kid we were raised by the "Golden Rule". So with the world becoming what it is I thought from now on when I am having a conversation with a young child I will ask them if they know what the Golden Rule is. To my disappointment only one has told me the Golden Rule. Kind of sad.

david atwood
6/6/2012 11:28:42 PM

Hey Peter! Tip-toeing out of the room, really? Wow, to think of the stuff people say, things that could make any human uncomfortable. Well I have something for you; Thanks! I love what you had to say about aligning personal happiness with the things that we can control. I follow many of the things that are written about your dad and early on identified with investing the way we live - it's just so much easier and intuitive when we're consistent. Your comments about happiness tie in very nicely - go figure! :)

northstar painted sky
6/6/2012 10:27:29 PM

Sharing is always a good connection. From our stories comes the song and the music and the connection. Painted Sky here is proud to be a part of the circle of conversation of keeping those connections alive and rolling forward. Best to you Peter for sharing, Painted Sky and Northstar

ken melville
6/6/2012 10:17:08 PM

Now that we're post-Wisconsin, post-unions, post-Hope, post-Change, post-Citizens United, many of us are moving post-Political. Looking for an alternative to a failed system. A failed society. We get that WE have to do it. But we need not just a beacon, not just a lighthouse in the storm of lies and rancor lashing our consciousness across the media. We know you, Peter Buffett, can do that. You have been doing it for some time. A great thing. But you have also been preaching to the converted a lot. And those converted are ready to go to the next step. We are ready to Occupy All Streets to start the Evolution. To walk the talk. But we lack resources, a channel, tools, focus, a structure, a system to raise money to further our aims. A place to travel to to meet with others of like minds: a Chautauqua tent, a meeting hall, a convention. Now talk is not cheap, folks have died for their words though their words be immortal. We welcome this forum, this blog, these insights. But I do not believe I am alone in feeling that we, the converted, are ready for the Next Step. Words into deeds. And you, Peter, can be one of the possible enablers to that next step. If you choose to be.