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Saturday, October 24, 2009

Something to think about

Current mood: contemplative

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Something for us all to think about. It is an interesting story.
The setting is a 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. 2,000 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.  Eventually, the violinist received his first dollar: a woman threw the money in the hat and, without
stopping, continued to walk.  A few moments later a young man leaned against the wall to listen to him, then looked at his watch and started to walk again. Shortly after, a 3-year old boy stopped but his mother tugged him along hurriedly. 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, 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?
7:14 pm - 4 comments - 4 Kudos - Report!
sglover34479 wrote on Oct 26th, 2009 12:58pm


MattMez wrote on Jan 18th, 2010 12:13am

didn't a similar kind of thing happen to Bob Dylan not too long ago?


Riff Driven wrote on Jun 19th, 2010 12:53am

This is truly an amazing story, I'm so glad I stopped to read it! My only problem with this story is......I can totally believe it. I often find myself asking the question, "What has Mankind/Society become?" Then I begin to think about how it has effected me, I think it effects us all in one way or another, but a story like this can give us a moment of clarity. Unfortunately, I think for most of us it is a brief moment at best. I think we miss a lot of the magical moments in life.


xanzan wrote on Aug 21st, 2011 6:17pm

I heard of this in the book "The Invisible Gorilla" if you like experiments like this the book contains lots of examples of how stupid and ignorant people can be.


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