Escape Velocity

| 8/27/2012 11:10:11 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.

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When I was young, I remember being awestruck at the massive power of the Saturn V rocket as it lifted astronauts into space toward the moon. It took so much effort to get that rocket off the ground. But then I would see animations of what would happen once the stages had been cast off and just the top of the rocket, the Command and Service Modules, were in space. The maneuvering looked effortless.

Specifically, it took over 7.5 million pounds of thrust to get to the first 220,000 feet. Once in space, the Service Module needed about 100 pounds of thrust to change position.

Every day we live our lives in the gravitational pull of our belief systems. And every one of them starts from the inside out, trailing back generations often without our knowledge. My parents made lifelong decisions based on how they were raised, and I did the same. Modes of behavior were formed based on what I believed about myself and the world around me. As invisible as gravity, these definitions regarding who I was and what I could become created a pull that seemed as inevitable as the earth turning on its axis. If I were born into another family ... or in a far off culture ... my center of gravity would have been completely different but just as strong.

We need to create meaning out of everything we encounter. It tells us who we are and what we need to do to navigate in our environment. There is quite a bit of evidence that says that everything happens about a half a second earlier than we perceive it. And in that half a second, our body and mind create the reality that makes sense for us based on everything we know. We are constantly telling ourselves a story. And as our story becomes stronger through time and experience, its pull can become nearly impossible to escape from.

Everything we experience becomes a story we’re deciding to believe. 

Ulli Childs
10/17/2012 4:39:48 PM

it's inspiring thank you

Maryjane Genestra
9/12/2012 8:25:31 PM

Very nicely written and to the point. Well done, Mr. Buffett. It is as simple as going inward and marveling at what is there..

9/3/2012 7:24:59 PM

I love this image.... pushing, pushing, pushing until we finally break past the gravitational pull and are swimming free in space. A nice image to keep in mind, thank you for sharing your beautiful thoughts Peter. :)

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