Remember when Hollywood film was populated by characters that sounded like this?
“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)
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)
As conservatives we must take back the culture. One way to do that is to literally stand up and perform our values. In both of these videos religious individuals use flash mobs take to public spaces, malls, during Christmas time in order to inject the Christ, back into the commercialization of Christmas holiday.
As moving as these video are they also provide a way forward and possible strategy for political conservatives. The videos both begin with an individual taking a stand by raising their voice, which then allows other individuals to join in. Some of those people are part of the flash mob, but some are not, and others gain comfort and solace just from seeing the demonstration of faith and belief. The videos are also designed to be shared via YouTube so that the message can reach father over time and space than the incident in that mall on that day.
We must find similar ways to perform our traditional American values in public and give people an opportunity to see that they are not alone.
We spent money on WHAT? If this is what Congress is spending money on it is no wonder we are about to go over the fiscal cliff. H/T Breitbart
H/T to Gateway Pundit for this story.
When we see members of the entrainment industry waking up, we must take note. Big Boi has a new album coming out on December 11. If you like Hip Hop check it out.
Jimmy Stewart on Johnny Carson reading a poem about his dog Beau. How far we have come as a culture. It is this type of culture that elected Reagan. It is no wonder our current culture would not even support Romney. If we do not find ways of changing the culture there is no lasting political victory possible.
We Will Be Victorious!
This new video from the Republican Study Committee puts Federal Spending in the framework of a family budget. Unfortunately we have not had a Federal Budget for over 3 years thanks to the Democrat controlled Senate. Let’s change that. VOTE for a GOP Senate Candidate and return fiscal sanity to the US Senate.
A Halloween message from your favorite Faux Native American Senate Candidate.