How many other things are we missing
How many other things are we missing?
I will beg for forgiveness everyday of my life, I will say,
“I am sorry,”
yesterday, today, and tomorrow.
Today, I am ready to stop the whole world to listen, it is my atonement.
My Niger Shame
I received another email; this one poses the question,
“In an incongruous context, would ordinary people recognize genius?”
“In an incongruous context, would ordinary people recognize an honest person?”
If it is not in the guidebook, does it exist?
Bauang - Paringao - San Fernando, Philippines
La Union Province
Saturday, August 29, 2009
Buy the Same Gear as Andy uses
Do the good die young? I had a Swedish guy make fun of Americans; we have a “Readers Digest” view of life. I was impressed that he understood the American culture so well, but sad he did not appreciate the wonderfully genius and corny world of Readers Digest. I want to scream, it is an ideal world, not your jaded world, people fight hard to keep their dreams, real or unreal, please be careful, there is great danger when you interfere with a persons dream.
..something to think about...
Washington, DC Metro Station on a cold January morning in 2007. The man with a violin played six Bach pieces for about 45 minutes. During that time, approx. 2 thousand people went through the station, most of them on their way to work. After 3 minutes, a middle- aged man noticed there was a musician playing. He slowed his pace and stopped for a few seconds and then hurried to meet his schedule.
4 minutes later:
the violinist received his first dollar: a woman threw the money in the hat and, without stopping, continued to walk.
A young man leaned against the wall to listen to him, then looked at his watch and started to walk again.
A 3-year old boy stopped, but his mother tugged him along hurriedly. The kid stopped to look at the violinist again, but the mother pushed hard and the child continued to walk, turning his head all the time. This action was repeated by several other children. Every parent, without exception, forced their children to move on quickly.
The musician played continuously. Only 6 people stopped and listened for a short while. About 20 gave money but continued to walk at their normal pace. The man collected a total of $32.
He finished playing and silence took over. No one noticed. No one applauded, nor was there any recognition.
No one knew this, but the violinist was Joshua Bell, one of the greatest musicians in the world. He played one of the most intricate pieces ever written, with a violin worth $3.5 million dollars. Two days before Joshua Bell sold out a theater in Boston where the seats averaged $100.
This is a true story. Joshua Bell playing incognito in the metro station was organized by the Washington Post as part of a social experiment about perception, taste and people's priorities. The questions raised: in a common place environment at an inappropriate hour, do we perceive beauty? Do we stop to appreciate it? Do we recognize talent in an unexpected context?
One possible conclusion reached from this experiment could be this: if we do not have a moment to stop and listen to one of the best musicians in the world, playing some of the finest music ever written, with one of the most beautiful instruments ever made.... how many other things are we missing?
Need an even better fix, please go and read the original article by an Washington Post writer, a truly great piece.
Bauang, Pearls before Breakfast
By Gene Weingarten
Washington Post Staff Writer
Sunday, April 8, 2007; Page W10
By the way, I still carry that bag I purchased in Niger, West Africa, it holds the most valuable things I own, passport, money and memories.
How many other things are we missing?