Seven Billion Shades of Gray

| 8/13/2012 9:10:30 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

Seven Billion Shades of Gray 

I helped bury a friend’s dog last week. I’d never personally buried an animal that I was so close to. I had never sat with someone I knew so well as they lost the animal that got them through so many emotional points in their life.

This dog had absorbed so much pain and joy from my friend. He was his trusted link to life. So when he became ill, my friend had to look outside his insular world built around him and his dog and realize that he had a community of friends that wouldn’t abandon him ... friends—and a life—he could trust.

You see, my friend lost his father in a plane crash when he was a child. His world—his story of family and safety and trust—was shattered. Another father figure entered his life and began to abuse him in ways too awful to describe.

My friend created a well-deserved cocoon for himself and his beliefs hidden safely away from the outside world.

The vet that heard my friend cry ... scream ... in anguish over the loss of this dog had no idea where the depths of the cry came from. But I did. I heard a boy losing his father, losing his innocence, and losing everything that he thought was real in an instant. And then if that wasn’t enough, more pain to penetrate to the core of his deepest wound. In his cry I began to hear crying children everywhere, shattered by an event—death, abuse, rape, abandonment— all traumas that can break a soul.

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