Looking but not seeing

23 01 2009

blind-leading-the-blind1News travels slowly sometimes. My uncle, (Thanks Walker) sent me an email about an event that happened in Washington DC in Jan 2007.

A charismatic and world famous violinist, Joshua Bell “busked” in L’Enfant Plaza, at the central of federal Washington for a period of roughly 45 minutes, playing virtuoso pieces on an original and almost priceless Stradivarius violin.

Essentially, no-one took much notice.

Apart from the Pulitzer Prize committee who gave the journalist that set up and reported the event the 2007 Prize for Feature Writing.

The point of the article was

“an experiment in context, perception and priorities — as well as an unblinking assessment of public taste: In a banal setting at an inconvenient time, would beauty transcend?”

Whether it worked or not you can read for yourself.

It struck me that , although obviously not on the same scale, we must frequently simply pass on by inspiring and beautiful things. We are too occupied with the busyness (sic) of the day to be aware of all that is going on.

Now I’m not aiming to go all touchyfeely or inner Zen on anyone but I do wonder if sometimes the inner arguements, the strife with management, the conflict with juniors, the pressure of the timetable or whatever slavemaster virtual or otherwise that is driving you, makes us passers by in the journey of life. We are unaware, because of “confusion of context, perception and priorities” and thus missing out on some amazing “stuff” (whatever that might be) going on right beside us.

What do you think Grasshopper?


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