What Are We Missing?

What beauty do we miss in our daily activities and is it possible to start perceiving again?

A few years ago there was this social experiment where the most of you probably heard of. Joshua Bell, a Grammy Award-winning violinist, played 6 Bach pieces for about 45 minutes in the subway in Washington. Wearing a baseball cap and a sweater, but with a 3.5 million dollars worth violin, he played the exact same piece as 2 days before, when he sold out the theatre of Boston for about 100 dollar per seat. In that 45 minutes, only 6 people stopped and in total he collected 32 dollar. Which intrigued me the most was this passage:

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.

I am convinced that you don’t have to be a fan of classical music to acknowledge the beauty of it, so why is it so hard to perceive this? Can we only perceive beauty when we KNOW we should perceive it? And the most important question for me:

What beauty do we miss in our daily activities and why was especially the kid so intrigued by the violinist?


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