November 28, 2012

Listen To The Music Along The Way

This video utilizing a recording of the late Alan Watts is brilliant. It highlights something that I’ve been talking and writing about for quite some time.

Our entire educational system is based on the constant grading (ranking) of individuals while at the same time dangling the carrot of supposed “success” in front of the students as the ultimate and most important goal of the entire process. For me, that’s a terrible way to foster creativity, love of learning or true life success.

Check out the video yourself and comment here if you have any input after viewing it.

4 Comments on “Listen To The Music Along The Way

Les Vogel
November 28, 2012 at 4:44 pm

There was an old book about Steve Jobs called “The Journey is the Reward.”

I know when I was young they called it proving you could work for an “abstract reward” – at some early point in my life – I realized that was just silly. Good film – couldn’t agree more. Education is going to be restructured – the only question is how much traditional systems will be involved in the restructuring?

Mike Pierce
November 29, 2012 at 12:28 pm

I love the message and that it was Trey Parker and Matt Stone who did the animation. Thanks for sharing this video, Race.

November 29, 2012 at 10:21 pm

Thanks for keeping the good stuff coming Race. Couldn’t agree more. Love this!

Deb Williams
November 30, 2012 at 8:27 pm

I’m left with mixed feelings about this short vid, Race. But I’m glad you posted it and I saw it. I’m recalling now all the years I sang on this chorus or that choir…and I remembered how much I loved singing Oratorio… And yes, some of the best pleasures came from singing the different sections, as one movement went into another and the piece built up over time. Still, I also remember that something different happened to me when I realized we were at the last chorus in a piece…this was the climax and perhaps I was mistaken, but it seemed to me the culmination of all that singing and music making that went before…all the rehearsal time alone and with the group. All the adjustments with the soloists and instrumentalists. And now, we’re heading into the finale. My excitement always seemed to heighten and was always satisfied as the “everything” seemed to come together and linger in the air at the final chord…

I dunno…I agree with Mr. Watts that no one writes music just to get to the end. But then again, when the end finally does come, there is that immense satisfaction over having participated in something beautiful and seen it through to its glorious end.

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