In a banal setting at an inconvienent time, would beauty transcend?

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  1. couturepopcafe profile image60
    couturepopcafeposted 7 years ago

    Would we stop to appreciate it?  Would we recognize talent in an unexpected context?

    1. couturepopcafe profile image60
      couturepopcafeposted 7 years agoin reply to this

      If  you were running late on your way to work or an important meeting, and you passed a famous singer doing an impromptu performance for a small crowd on the street, someone whose music you really liked, would you stop and listen for awhile even though it would make you late for your meeting?

      1. SomewayOuttaHere profile image61
        SomewayOuttaHereposted 7 years agoin reply to this

        ...yes...do it all the time...i see what is all around me...didn't always, but i do now...

        1. couturepopcafe profile image60
          couturepopcafeposted 7 years agoin reply to this

          Is that you holding a guitar?  Ok, not fair.

    2. Shahid Bukhari profile image61
      Shahid Bukhariposted 7 years agoin reply to this

      There are moments ... when this happens ... but this happens to the beholder ... not to Beauty ... per se.

      Beauty ... is Perfection ... just there ... in Being ... for beholding;
      one, what at times, may transcend human
      experiential ... for
      our experiencing ... can be homely ... banal, or routine ...
      or just plain divine.

    3. PhoenixV profile image64
      PhoenixVposted 7 years agoin reply to this

      What if the banal setting at an inconvenient time "is" the beauty? Would we recognize it?

      1. hillrider profile image61
        hillriderposted 7 years agoin reply to this

        Yes, meanwhile smiling at the irony ...

      2. couturepopcafe profile image60
        couturepopcafeposted 7 years agoin reply to this

        Makes no difference.  Would that beauty transcend?  Would you recognize it?

  2. psycheskinner profile image83
    psycheskinnerposted 7 years ago

    Sometimes people have things to do, and can't be distracted.

    1. couturepopcafe profile image60
      couturepopcafeposted 7 years agoin reply to this

      That is true.

  3. Jaggedfrost profile image78
    Jaggedfrostposted 7 years ago

    I am not sure about the former premise because my days are purposely loose enough so that I am able to enjoy the flowers as I pass them regardless of what might otherwise be pressing.  I am not sure if that is a good thing or not though.

    1. couturepopcafe profile image60
      couturepopcafeposted 7 years agoin reply to this

      The wisdom of age?

  4. psycheskinner profile image83
    psycheskinnerposted 7 years ago

    That's why I said 'some people'.  When I am going to work I am going to work.  I don't stop.

  5. Jaggedfrost profile image78
    Jaggedfrostposted 7 years ago

    lol psycheskinner, I wasn't commenting on your comment, I think we may of submitted our comments at roughly the same time lol.

    1. couturepopcafe profile image60
      couturepopcafeposted 7 years agoin reply to this

      Maybe a forum of creatives is the wrong place to ask this question.  Generally, creatives and sensitives tend to be more aware of what's going on around them and may even try to stop and smell the roses against their better judgment.  So here's the thing.  You may have heard it.  A true story about the violinist in Metro.

      (I'll shorten it a bit)

      A man stood in the lobby area of the metro station in Washington DC and started to play the violin.  It was a cold January morning.  He played six Bach pieces for about 45 minutes.  During that time (rush hour) it was calculated that thousands of people went through the station, most of them on their way to work.  After three minutes a middle aged man slowed his pace to listen then hurried off.  A minute later, the violinist received a dollar tip from a woman who threw the money in the till and continued walking.

      A few minutes later someone leaned against the wall to listen, then the man looked at his watch and began to walk again.  The one who paid the most attention was a three year old boy whose mother pulled him along but the boy stopped to look at the violinist.  The mother pushed him along but he continued turning his head back all the time.  The action was repeated by several children.  All the parents, without exception, forced them to move on. 

      In the 45 minutes the musician played only 6 people actually stopped and stayed for a while.  Twenty seven people gave him money but continued to walk.  He collected $32.  When he was finished, no one applauded, no one noticed.

      No one knew this, but the violinist was Joshua Bell, one of the finest classical musicians in the world.  He played one of the most intricate pieces ever written on a violin worth $3.5 million.  Two days before this performance in the subway, he had sold out at Symphony Hall in Boston where the seat price averaged $100.

      Organized by the Washington Post as part of social experiment about perception, taste and priorities in people, the outline was:  In a banal setting, at an inconvenient time, would beauty transcend? 

      Apparently, there are many out there who think not.

  6. Jaggedfrost profile image78
    Jaggedfrostposted 7 years ago

    This, unfortunately is true, and it is folly in me to have tried to argue my own virtue in the face of having to admit that this site pulls thousands in a world that holds billions.  Most live in perpetual banality.  We who are imaginativeness and sensitives often have to grow in the cracks in  the pavement, being stepped on and trodden down a few times until we forgive those... hmm maybe I should hehe... Come and see me when I am done.

    1. couturepopcafe profile image60
      couturepopcafeposted 7 years agoin reply to this

      lol  Wow.  And the jagged frost slowly melted under the warmth of its own love.  We could all take a lesson.

  7. Jaggedfrost profile image78
    Jaggedfrostposted 7 years ago

    lol not melted dear,
    but not waisting a good thought
    when another format
    forum of thought would give it more air and room to breath,
    a hub gave it more and better crystalline form
    but of what I know of heat
    in a way you are right too
    the incidental frost of my analytical argument
    did liquefy briefly to take its present form.

    1. couturepopcafe profile image60
      couturepopcafeposted 7 years agoin reply to this

      yes, I think.  still love your handle.

  8. Greek One profile image74
    Greek Oneposted 7 years ago

    I would say 'no'.. since my beauty has yet to be acknowledged here

  9. Dame Scribe profile image60
    Dame Scribeposted 7 years ago

    Ahh...I love finding beauty around me and am tickled thinking that I'm the only one tongue ego probably but all jesting aside. Yes, I will leave well ahead of time for a scheduled app't just so I can enjoy and observe my surroundings during my travel time. It's something I also teach my sons to practice since life isn't a forever thing. smile

  10. hillrider profile image61
    hillriderposted 7 years ago

    like a snowman smiling sadly, sweating in the mid-day sun

    enjoyed this thread, and smiled again at the irony of the ticket price, I had heard the story, yet the reminder will help me remain grounded

  11. megs11237 profile image67
    megs11237posted 7 years ago

    Beauty is the eye of the beholder. So maybe depending who is in the situation and how they are looking at it.

 
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