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    How Much Is Enough?

    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 bookLife Is What You Make It.  

    “Bought and Sold” by Peter Buffett

    I keep coming back to the question, “how much is enough?”

    Now
    you may think that’s a pretty ironic question coming from the son of one of the
    richest people in the world. But actually, it might just make me an expert on
    the subject. You see, my dad is the poster boy for the question. He has all the
    money anyone could ever want and he doesn’t need another house, fancier food,
    more people around him telling him he’s important, more stuff on his shelves or
    the latest electronic gadget in his pocket. None of it would make him happier
    than he is already–doing what he loves.

    So
    how much is enough? What are these
    CEO’s and hedgefund guys spending their money on … or more importantly why? Who
    needs that much money? Their need to line their pockets and hoard as much as
    possible speaks to the larger question of personal responsibility, moral
    bankruptcy and a need to fill a bottomless hole caused by … what?

    The
    American dream is mostly just that–a dream. Which doesn’t mean it’s not worth
    believing in or working towards. But this country was built on domination and
    exploitation–it’s no wonder it’s in the fabric of our banks, corporations and
    government. It really couldn’t be any other way. You reap what you sow. You
    can’t start a declaration of independence with the phrase “all men are created
    equal” written by slaveholders and not expect a schizophrenic start to a
    republic.

    So
    let’s take another comment from Thomas Jefferson:

    “I
    am not an advocate for frequent changes in laws and constitutions, but laws and
    institutions must go hand in hand with the progress of the human mind. As that
    becomes more developed, more enlightened, as new discoveries are made, new
    truths discovered and manners and opinions change, with the change of
    circumstances, institutions must advance also to keep pace with the times. We
    might as well require a man to wear still the coat which fitted him when a boy
    as civilized society to remain ever under the regimen of their ancestors.”

    And
    one from Albert Einstein:

    “You can never solve a problem on the level on
    which it was created. You must learn to see the world anew.”

    Jefferson
    expects our laws and constitutions to change as man becomes more enlightened.
    Are we there yet?

    And Einstein reminds us that for this current
    crises–or any problem–to be solved we have to see the world anew.

    It’s time for real
    change–difficult, messy, confusing, enthralling change.

    Let’s look into the heart and soul of America. Accept that it was built on a shaky foundation and start very carefully
    dismantling the broken pieces until we have families and communities that are
    built on real trust; that can support business leaders and politicians that can
    sit at the table, look us in the eye and say, “we are here because of you, so
    we will honor your needs and protect what you hold most dear. Most
    importantly, we will make sure future generations are left with a better
    world.”

    Visitwww.peterbuffett.comandChange Our Storyto learn more.

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