April 10th, 2007

Pearls Before Breakfast


Someone send me this article; it is too good not to share this. Pearl Before breakfast, an investigative story about putting the one of the world best violinist (Joshua Bell) in the Metro and watch what happened.

It is so sad. Only a few stop to give money. Even less stay on to appreciate the music and only one recognizes Joshua.

There was no ethnic or demographic pattern to distinguish the people who stayed to watch Bell, or the ones who gave money, from that vast majority who hurried on past, unheeding. Whites, blacks and Asians, young and old, men and women, were represented in all three groups. But the behavior of one demographic remained absolutely consistent. Every single time a child walked past, he or she tried to stop and watch. And every single time, a parent scooted the kid away.

Perhaps sometimes we should slow down, listen to the music and smell the flowers.

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