Poison the River - Part 3

| 10/1/2012 4:37:05 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.

I hope we can agree on one thing: Everything goes in cycles. Nothing lasts forever (OK, two things).

We’ve been on a 150-200 year cycle of “progress” that's become increasingly rapid, and now maybe we can settle down a little. Of course things can still feel productive. And I’m certainly not romanticizing the past. I’m thrilled about indoor plumbing, etc.

But now we can actually see, hear, and measure the impact of seeking tangible monetary gains over any kind of loss. Relationships are being torn apart. Relationship to the things we do, the people we love, the food we eat, and the place we call home.

From what I can tell, it must be really important to either have lots money in the bank or be absolutely sure that everyone else’s interpretation of God is wrong (or both). And it seems to help if everyone looks and acts pretty much like you do.

This can’t be right. There has to be another way. I know, I know—it’s always been this way, it’s the human condition, etc., but I don’t believe it. You want progress? I’ll give you progress: human beings in respectful relation to themselves and the world they inhabit, living as a part of an ecosystem. Forget tolerance—I'm talking about respect.

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