The American Dilemma and How We Can Fix It

This story shows so clearly that we need to wake up and hear the music.

allaboutlemon-All Around, In, And Out Of My Own Universe


contrib by Paul Bleckley

Washington, DC Metro Station on a cold January morning in 2007. The man with a violin played six Bach pieces for about 45 minutes. During that time approx. two thousand people went through the station, most of them on their way to work.

After 3 minutes a middle aged man noticed there was a musician playing.. He slowed his pace and stopped for a few seconds and then hurried to meet his schedule. 4 minutes later: the violinist received his first dollar: a woman threw the money in the hat and, without stopping, continued to walk. 6 minutes: A young man leaned against the wall to listen to him, then looked at his watch and started to walk again.

10 minutes: A 3-year old boy stopped but his mother tugged him along hurriedly. The kid stopped to look at the violinist again, but the mother pushed hard…

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  1. One word—Wow. When I pressed play, the first thing that went through my mind was, “God, I miss D.C.They have the most wonderful opportunites abounding in the city.” But then I watched how everyone reacted and I thought, “Except for the people and the hustle and bustle. I don’t miss that at all.”
    It saddened me to read about the 3 year old who wanted to stop and listen and the mother pulled him on. Amazing that the children all wanted to stop and listen. What does that tell you? Thank you for sharing this. 🙂

  2. Sometimes I enjoy being part of the hustle and bustle – but mostly I like being “Far From The Madding Crowd.”

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