our "culture" misses the point.....
I found this link (click here) on another blog yesterday.
It’s a long article from the Washington Post about an episode where Joshua Bell stood in a Metro Station in Washington DC and played. Long, but well worth the read.
It’s sad our entire "culture" is so busy that we never stop to see or hear anything beautiful. And we're systematically desensitizing our children to it by taking away the arts and music programs.
We say we are in Iraq to give them the kind of free society that we have, but in truth we are becoming more and more savage each year.
Our economy is so broken at the bottom end that many cannot see beyond “how will I make the next dollar to feed/house/clothe my family” (not to even mention the horrors of medical care).
We harp on more science and math while we ship all the jobs that use those skills out of the country.
And along the way we squash out of our children the joy of art and of music.
Sad, sad, that a line from Mr. Holland’s Opus is even more true…..”pretty soon there isn’t anything to read and write about”
I think I notice this even more now that I am no longer part of corporate America (thank God!), and I spend a lot of my time making art and seeing how hard it is for an artist to be noticed.
Let us hope that we will be wise enough to elect someone that will begin to turn this around.