Friday, January 29, 2010
The point of the story is that thousands of people walked by
something of tremendous value.
What value are you missing?
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 $100.
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
One possible 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?