The shareholder weekend exemplifies the Golden Rule relationship between management and fellow Berkshire Hathaway owners. When many are skeptical that a company can simultaneously do good and make money, Berkshire has been a beacon.

The world we live in is full of 24/7 noise — full of people who are trying to tell us to learn about the new and novel, that we can get something for nothing, that we can know the unknowable. When living in the moment, it’s hard to see that you’re in this system. It’s only when you step back — or attend the Berkshire Hathaway annual meeting — that you realize your mind has become cluttered and you’ve lost a sense of what’s important and meaningful.