HBO is airing a wonderful documentary called “Becoming Warren Buffett” which offers a fascinating and very personal glimpse into the life and mind of billionaire Warren Buffett. I learned many surprising things about the man they call the “Wizard of Omaha” not the least of which is that he considers himself an Agnostic.
The Merriam-Webster definition of an Agnostic is –a person who holds the view that any ultimate reality (such as God) is unknown and probably unknowable; one who is not committed to believing in either the existence or the nonexistence of God or a god.
As a comparison, the Merriam-Webster definition of an Atheist is –a person who does not believe in the existence of a god or any gods.
For those of you unfamiliar with Mr. Buffett he is an American investor worth an estimated $74 billion dollars, the second wealthiest person in the world behind Bill Gates. Like Mr. Gates, also an Agnostic, Mr. Buffett is a self-made billionaire. Unlike our President, their Daddy didn’t spot them a couple of million dollars to get the ball rolling. Both of them did it the old-fashion way, they earned it and created it and now their plan is to give the vast majority of it away.
Mr. Buffett credits part of his success to luck, lucky he was born a male, he is a big supporter of the feminist movement so don’t let that get you sidetracked, lucky he was born with the brain he has, lucky he was able to get the education he received and lucky he married the women he did. Now his cumulative success, $74 billion worth, was a combination of luck, skill, and hard work, attributes and actions that for an Agnostic were not God granted nor implemented with some divine hand of guidance. This line of thought would chap most Christians ass. They would throw the Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above brick at you, and that is just how a few of them would heave it at your head, like a brick.
Some would say that Mr. Buffett is simply hedging his bets being an Agnostic, maybe there is a God but then again maybe there isn’t. Afterall he is an investor which would imply that he is somewhat of a gambler. But what you learn from this documentary is that his “gambles” are calculated to the nth degree and stripped of any emotion. His decisions are based on numbers, products, and markets with a sprinkle of intuition, intuition garnered from experience rather than divine intervention or guidance.
Mr. Buffett’s faith or lack thereof reinforces my thought that I don’t care what you believe or don’t believe provided you are kind, compassionate, and caring to everyone and everything. Believing there is a “God” doesn’t give you a bottle of magic compassion potion. As a matter of fact, for far too many of you “God Fearing” individuals, your beliefs haven’t developed your compassion gene at all beyond your family and your church. Which makes me think, your “heaven” is going to be a pretty lonely place, but hey it’s heaven right, For the Bible tells you so. Or is it?