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Composer, author and philanthropist Peter Buffett on finding your own path to life fulfillment.

Song Premiere: Peter Buffett - Already Flown

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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Disguised as charity, something damaging is happening. As wealth and inequality increase, philanthropy becomes the “it” vehicle to level the playing field. As more lives and communities are destroyed by the system that creates vast amounts of wealth to then distribute in charitable acts, the more heroic it sounds to “give back.” The emperor has no clothes. No “charitable” (I hate that word) intervention can solve the issues of poverty, environment, health, etc. Oh, it can kick the can down the road. But the “issue areas” of philanthropy are all symptoms—symptoms of a fundamentally broken structure.

"No problem can be solved from the same level of consciousness that created it" —Albert Einstein 

Here is my latest song, "Already Flown:"

 


 

Taking me in and then
Turning me ‘round and then
saving the day

Tell me what’s right and then
Show me I’m wrong and then
You make it okay

And all that you see for me
What you can be for me
Just take it away

‘Cuz I’ve lost my faith in you
Now I can see right through
You’re fading to gray

This can’t take another lifetime
‘cuz you know just what you know
You can’t let it go

We don’t need to use a lifeline
While you’re counting what you own
We’ve already flown

Thank you I’ll do without
Mountains of fear and doubt
Let’s call it a day

And then build a wider road
Nothing to hide or hold
Just give it away

You can come ride along
There’s room for everyone
When nothing’s at stake

I’ll watch you laugh at me
Wondering just what I see
Will keep you awake

This won’t take another lifetime
‘cuz you know just what you know
You can’t let it go

We don’t need to use your lifeline
While you’re counting what you own
We’ve already flown

I saw you
But you’ll never know
What you’ll never know
 

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A Wyrd Story

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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Recently, a friend asked if I believed in fate, and I said that I wasn’t sure. And that as my life progressed and things got seemingly more weird (in a good way) I thought that maybe I did believe in a sort of fatewith the caveat that our choices most definitely matter. It was then that my friend pointed out the etymology of the word “weird,” which is where things got, well, weird.

He prefers to stay anonymous, but doesn’t mind me saying that he’s immersing himself in Anglo-Saxon shamanism ... which is pretty surprising to hear. I had never considered that the Northern Europeans had shamanic practices, but of course they did! Here’s his take on the idea of fate, and I thought it was worth posting:

From a purely "new age-y" point of view, your "soul" (which is higher and purer) is trying to get through all of the muck to express itself. While that seems to be partially true (at least in my case I can attest to that!), whatever is coming through has to come through as a "you."

So, then you get to the actual person. You are the son of your mother, who is the daughter of her father and mother. You are the son of your father, who is the son of his father and his mother. And so on, and so on, and so on back to the first spark of life. You are the embodied force of all of your, (and their) actions, decisions, traumas, and experiences to this point.

That is the vehicle that whatever is coming through has to come through.

On another track you are at a moment in time when certain things are possible which have never been possible before. And you are at this specific moment in time where a change and transformation of a scope never before seen is happening.

You are also embodied in a gigantic living web of interaction, where everyone, and everything else is alive with purpose and intent and history, just as you are.

So you are all of that, which both greatly limits what you can do and makes it all possible at the same moment.

I guess that's what I mean by fate.

What do you think? Do you feel called by a unique destiny? Do you feel that somethingthe real "you"— is pushing through the complexity of this lifetime to express something unique and powerful? What’s your story? 

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Image courtesy of Paull Younglicensed under Creative Commons.