Remember when Hollywood film was populated by characters that sounded like this?
Please watch Glenn Beck’s Keynote from the 2013 NRA Convention.
Then ask what you can do to save our Republic.
If ABC is reporting it you know it is too big to be ignored.
“A man sat at a metro station in Washington DC and started to play the violin; it was a cold January morning. He played six Bach pieces for about 45 minutes. During that time, since it was rush hour, it was calculated that 1,100 people went through the station, most of them on their way to work.
Three minutes went by, and a middle aged man noticed there was musician playing. He slowed his pace, and stopped for a few seconds, and then hurried up to meet his schedule.
A minute later, the violinist received his first dollar tip: a woman threw the money in the till and without stopping, and continued to walk.
A few minutes later, someone leaned against the wall to listen to him, but the man looked at his watch and started to walk again. Clearly he was late for work.
The one who paid the most attention was a 3 year old boy. His mother tagged him along, hurried, but the kid stopped to look at the violinist. Finally, the mother pushed hard, and the child continued to walk, turning his head all the time. This action was repeated by several other children. All the parents, without exception, forced them to move on.
In the 45 minutes the musician played, only 6 people stopped and stayed for a while. About 20 gave him money, but continued to walk their normal pace. He collected $32. When he finished playing and silence took over, no one noticed it. No one applauded, nor was there any recognition.
No one knew this, but the violinist was Joshua Bell, one of the most talented musicians in the world. He had just played one of the most intricate pieces ever written, on a violin worth $3.5 million dollars.
Two days before his playing in the subway, Joshua Bell sold out at a theater in Boston where the seats averaged $100.
This is a real 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 priorities of people.
The outlines were: in a commonplace environment at an inappropriate hour: Do we perceive beauty? Do we stop to appreciate it? Do we recognize the talent in an unexpected context?
One of the possible conclusions from this experience could be: If we do not have a moment to stop and listen to one of the best musicians in the world playing the best music ever written, how many other things are we missing?”
I got this story from the Knowledge of Tomorrow Facebook page, which my sister shared.
It brings up an interesting point which conservatives especially should be aware of. We need to be about more than just conserving the Constitution. We need to preserve and conserve the Western Tradition. We need to preserve Bach, and a culture that values the beauty of truly beautiful music over the destabilizing and misogynistic pablum that often purports to call itself music today. The themes in a classical piece are deep and take time to develop, like thoughts in the mind. When I get in the car tomorrow I will take the time to find a classical station to program into my selections. Perhaps I can convince you to as well. Your children may even like it. It was they who were most often pulled to the beauty of the unity of Bell and Bach as their parents pulled them down into the hustle of the DC Metro.
Find the True, the Beautiful and the Good and Conserve it, whenever possible that it may not fade from the Earth.
- How many other things do we miss? (jojobayvel.com)
- Someone shared this with me today,I just had to share it! (kimbascreativedesign.wordpress.com)
- Joshua Bell Busking??!! A Lesson in Moment Living (lifeschoolinc.wordpress.com)
- Well know musician plays violin in a station (wemustknow.wordpress.com)
- STOP and enjoy what’s around you…you’re missing out! (hellosuga.wordpress.com)
- Day 359 Question 359 (diane-owens.com)
- Awareness (picassodreams.com)
- social experiment about perception, taste, and priorities of people (researchfordesign.wordpress.com)
- ‘What Would You Have Done?’ (jpfinn7.wordpress.com)
- Paying ‘More Close’ Attention (hannawilburs.wordpress.com)
This is an incredibly beautiful image. It documents a rare event, a snowfall in the Holy Land. Such moments of Beauty are often rare. They arrest our perception, and cause us to look more deeply at the world. Take a moment and STOP and enjoy this. The ugliness can wait.
H/T to Stacy on the Right for alerting me to this great video which dissects the crime stats which are being used to lie to us about the society in which we live. Remember, there are lies, damn lies and statistics, and politicians will always use statistics to drive their own agendas. Be sure you know the truth.
Today I want to draw your attention to a new website I have been reading recently, and is beginning to have a profound impact upon me. It is… The Imaginative Conservative.
It’s purpose is to further the ideas of Russell Kirk who is known for his incredible book, The Conservative Mind, among many others. Kirk had a huge influence on conservative thought in America in the 20th Century, and the site is dedicated to his legacy. It has amazing “reprints” of essays by Kirk, and wonderful discussions of his ideas on how to influence culture.
Reading this site allows me to think more deeply about the fight in which we are engaged, how best to fight it, and what I can do as a “scholar” to engage in that effort to defend the True, the Good, and the Beautiful.
So go there now, visit, and scroll through the essays and read one that you find interesting, or click on a link you like and learn more. Then do it again tomorrow.
You can also find them on Facebook. Go there and LIKE the page. If you are like me, it will become the favorite thing in your news feed, (even better than Grumpy Cat).
- Why I Am A Conservative (constitutionclub.org)
- Sen. Ted Cruz: Conservative Policies ‘Improve Opportunity’ (cnsnews.com)
Bill Whittle gives a forward looking discussion shortly after the election on where we need to go next. His view, and mine, is that we need to engage as a cultural movement so the political victories will take care of themselves. We must engage on the cultural battleground or we will continue to lose the political fights as well. Make no mistake though, the war is a cultural one, in which the political fights are mere skirmishes. Get your game face on. #War
Right now, during these fiscal cliff debates,this is what keeps coming to mind, the “Ramming Speed” sequence from Ben Hur. In the bowels of a Roman warship the masters attempt to break the slaves’ will by increasing the speed of the ship from Battle Speed, to Attack Speed, and finally to Ramming Speed. Likewise, the politicians of today are trying to break us, by speeding us to a fiscal cliff of their own making. However they will also learn that like, Ben Hur, no matter what their actions we will not be broken.
Happy New Year!