Room Enough

| 9/4/2012 9:51:39 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


This is a song about finding common ground. And the idea that if we start from the inside out, and from our very earliest memories of how we thought the world was put together, we’d probably find such a similarity in feelings that we’d be surprised and saddened at how divisive we’ve become:

“Room Enough” by Peter Buffett  

I was scrolling through my Facebook news feed and found someone posting about Republican vice-presidential candidate Paul Ryan’s speech at the Republican National Convention. Actually, there were a lot of posts about it. But this one was in support of his ideology (I try to have a few contrary “friends” just to keep tabs on all this divisive story telling I seem to write so much about).

I followed the link to a conservative website and was stunned as I read the comments. I’m not saying that this is a conservative only trait, but the vitriol that was leveled at the single commenter that had a dissenting opinion was stunning. At this point I realize I’m probably sounding Pollyannaish to many. I suppose some people may accuse me of that on a weekly basis. But I was truly amazed at the intensity of the attacks.

As we head into the most heated months of the election cycle, I start to question whether there’s any interest at all in a search for common ground. Or any curiosity about what motivates the “other side” in its quest for power. And at the same time, I wonder if, when elected, there would be huge differences between the abilities of one president to get things done over another. If “landmark” legislation were passed how long would it be before it was dismantled?

I will keep writing, singing, saying; it’s about opening our hearts to what we’ve always known, what we were born knowing.

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