How Much Are You Missing?
Are you busy and in such a rush that you are missing the true beauty in life? Well, on a cold January morning in a Washington, D.C. train station, a man with a violin played six Bach pieces for 45 minutes as 2,000 commuters went through the station. Amongst the Bach pieces was one of the most intricate songs ever created and all of the pieces were played on a one of a kind violin valued at $3.5 million dollars. It’s probably also important that the music was played by the person that is generally considered the best violinist in the world – Joshua Bell. He played to a sold out crowd two nights prior with ticket prices averaging $100 a piece.
So how did this experiment turn out? It turns out only 6 people stopped and listened for a few minutes. 20 people gave money but hurried along. All in all, $32 was collected and at the end of the set, no one cared and no one applauded.
This was a very interesting social experiment by the Washington Post. Think about it. If you can’t stop and listen to some of the finest works ever created played by the finest violinist on a rare and extremely valuable violin, what else are you missing in life?
You can watch the event here.