The Skin We're In

| 12/26/2012 9:02:54 AM

Tags: Peter Buffett, Philosophy, Culture,

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.    

Peter Buffett's cover of "It's the End of the World As We Know It (And I Feel Fine)" by REM

Here’s what I believe on Christmas and every other day of the year: That Jesus was saying that the power of God is within you; that we all are reflections of and are at the same time— emanating—God. Just like everything around us.

And then someone sees the power of that and puts up a tollbooth.

There is no such thing as original sin. Period. There is an original wound—the disconnection from source—that we’re all searching for. But that source is actually with us all the time—like Dorothy’s shoes. That’s what all the great teachers and prophets tell us.

But we’re so hungry for it that we’ll believe others before we believe ourselves. And before you know it, it’s a religion, a political system, a social construct.

It’s natural for man to create systems to create meaning. It’s happened since we came down from the trees (or wherever you believe we came from). Gods were in the seasons and then we domesticated plants. Gods were in the wild beasts and then we domesticated the animals. Gods were in the heavens and then we charted the stars and planets.