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Monday

Perception

This was submitted by Adrian Armstrong on BetterNetworker.com (my first guest post, if you will) but definitely ...

..something to think about...

Washington, D.C., 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 approximately two 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.

6 minutes: A young man leaned against the wall to listen to him, then looked at his watch and started to walk again.
10 minutes: 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.
45 minutes: 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.
1 hour: 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 $200.00.

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 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?

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3 comments:

Donna Vail said...

Thank you Jacqueline! This is a fabulous story and one to take heart as we embark out on the world. I will pay more attention to what's happening around me and allow time to pause. As the old song goes: "Don't move too fast, you've got to make the moment last....lookin for fun and feeling groovy!!!" Perception is everything. Thanks again. :)

Christine said...

Yes, sad to say that too many are still sleepwalking through their lives. Attention everyone! Open your hearts!

Lisa Shah said...

Love It!!
That's why I love who I am and what I do...coz I remind people of beauty...their own. Too often, when we do see it, we sigh longingly, not for a second realising that the beauty reflected in others is only recognised by us because it is resonant, and resident, within us! in other words "It takes one to know one"!