Year - New. Happy?

| 1/2/2013 11:45:26 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.

George Harrison may have said it best:"With every mistake we must surely be learning." 

It’s phrased in such a way that there’s hope and questioning. It sure makes me question. We certainly learn from our mistakes on a personal level. At least it’s a clear possibility if we choose to take responsibility for the mistake.

But do we learn from our mistakes on a collective level? Does the phrase “never again” really mean anything? I’m not sure we can make collective change if we don’t see individual acts as reflections of the greater whole. So when a person with an automatic weapon kills, or a group of men destroy a woman’s life through rape and torture, we must know that these horrific acts do not happen in a vacuum. They are stories within a story. Our story.

Let me see if this analogy makes sense: the sun's energy unfiltered comes to the earth and allows life to take place. Through what appears (to me) to be a miracle, plants can convert the sun's energy and the nutrients of the earth and sky into fuel for life. You could say that plants are the result of a conversation between the earth and the sun (actually, somebody did say that and I forget who it was). But I digress.

The point is, nothing in this equation is doing anything other than fulfilling a purity of purpose.

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