Poison the River - Part 2

| 9/25/2012 12:53:46 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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For many thousands of years, most of life was a mystery. Still today it can feel pretty mysterious walking on an unlit country road. We created many (many, many) stories to account for the things we didn’t understand. Unknown places were where the gods and scary things lived.

Season’s cycles were a mystery .... and then we domesticated plants. Animals were a mystery ... and then we domesticated animals. The stars and planets were a mystery ... and then we charted the heavens. Having looked outward, we started looking inward. Anatomy, psychology, quantum mechanics; everything became “understood.” Science was trying to prove that everything was measurable and could be named – or it just wasn’t “real.”

For the past 150 years, change has come more rapidly. It’s often called progress. From electricity, the telephone, and broadcasting, to steam power, the assembly line, and air travel. Throw in refrigeration and advertising and you’ve got a lot of things to adjust to. It’s no wonder that the things on the planet involved in all this got a little off track. No wonder it’s called progress and seemingly everyone wants in on it. It feels pretty damn exciting.

But recent progress has given us something old again: the ability to hear stories from the storyteller. That hasn’t happened in about 500 years. The printing press was the first form of broadcasting; the first time the story was separated from the storyteller. Increasingly, our ability to relate to each other became more fragmented.

The nuclear family?  It’s a myth; part of the problem, actually.

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