Beautiful things in life: One cold Saturday in January, a man came to a subway station in Washington and started playing the violin. He played six of Bach’s works for about 45 minutes at the time of the busiest traffic in town. He estimated that thousands of people would pass through the station, most of them on their way to work. A middle-aged man, passing by him, only slightly slowed his pace while listening to music, but he continued on his way.
A minute later, the violinist got his first dollar, some woman just put the money in the box and moved on. A few minutes later, a young man leaned against the wall intending to listen to him, but soon after looking at his watch, he hurried on… He was obviously late for work. The 3-year-old boy gave him the most attention.
His mother hurried him, not allowing him to linger next to the violinist. The boy continued to walk, constantly twisting at the violinist. All the parents and all the children who passed, without exception, behaved that way. In 45 minutes of playing, only 6 people stopped and stayed for a while.
About 20 gave him money, continuing to walk at the same speed. He raised $ 32. Also, no one noticed when he stopped playing. No one applauded, nor was there any recognition and attention. No one knew that the violinist was Joshua Bell, one of the best musicians in the world. He played one of the most attractive and complicated pieces ever written. He played the $ 3.5 million violins.
Two days before his subway gig, Joshua Bell sold out tickets at the Boston Theater, each seat averaging $ 100.This experiment was organized by the Washington Post, to examine people’s social perception and priorities. Will we notice the beauty ?? Are we able to recognize talent in an unexpected context? If we don’t have time to listen to one of the best musicians in the world playing the most beautiful music ever written, we wonder… Then how many other beautiful things do we miss in life?!?
In fact, we miss a lot of beautiful things in this life, because we are simply preoccupied with other life battles, work and responsibility. Maybe one day we will be able to enjoy every moment of our lives. Maybe we’ll have some nice time when we get to the stage of satisfaction and asceticism.