Too rushed to appreciate beauty

This morning during prayer time, I read these words by Mary Marrocco in My Daily Visitor, “Last winter, one of America’s great professional violinists participated in an experiment. For 43 minutes, on his own Stradivarius [which is worth several million dollars], Joshua Bell played six of the world’s best classical pieces, standing at a subway station in Washington, D.C. Of 1,097 people who passed him that rush-hour morning, a total of seven stopped for even a moment to listen. According to the video which recorded the whole experiment, every single child who passed by wanted to stop but was hurried on by the accompanying adult.” Mary Marrocco really captured my attention with her brief description of this experiment, so I did an online search, found the original newspaper article about the incident, and read it in its entirety. It was sad beyond words. I urge everyone to take time, make time, to read this piece. See “Pearls Before Breakfast” by Gene Weingarten, April 8, 2007. It’s lengthy but more than worth your time. John Keats wrote in Book 1 of Endymion, “A thing of beauty is a joy forever.” After reading this article, I see more clearly why there’s often so little joy in the world. Beauty is sadly overlooked, unrecognized, ignored. Sigh!

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