People these days…

Joshua Bell performing in the metro station

I recently read an article somebody shared on Facebook entitled, A Violinist in the Metro by David Emery. Even though this article was published years ago, it has soon made its way back into the circulation. This article was about the Washington Post conducting an experiment to see what the priorities of people are these days. The experiment was to have somebody play a musical instrument in the metro at the busiest time of day (preferably in the morning) to see what the people of our society have become and what they do about it. Throughout the experiment, a few people stopped to listen only to realize they were going to be late for work. Others didn’t even stop to listen at all, they just threw some money into his violin case. What these people didn’t realize was, the guy that was playing the violin in the metro was Joshua Bell. He is one of the best musicians that had a sold out show just two days before this experiment where the tickets were being sold at 100 bucks a seat. He was also playing a violin worth 3.5 million dollars.This just goes to show that people don’t pay attention to the world around them. All they care about is getting to work on time and rushing to get back home.

To me, this article proves that I as well as many others just need to slow down and take a step back. I mean, I am only going to be young once so why not enjoy it while I can. In just a few years, I will be just like those people in the metro station rushing to get to work and being too busy to take time out of the day just to enjoy life itself.

This experiment proved the Washington’s Post point. People are too busy to appreciate the littlest of things in life.

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2 responses to “People these days…

  1. Zach Miller

    This article, and you, are absolutely right! We have become so hasty that we don’t see the beautiful things in our world. I have started to notice nature and beauty more as I’ve car pooled with friends. When you’re a passenger, you can see the mountains and forests unlike most Americans who drive (solo) and have their eyes glued to the road. Like the article says, SLOW DOWN. Take a break. Life is too short and we must make time to relax and enjoy. On a side note, I think this article shows that we tend to be snooty as well. Because we think that we are better than that hobo at the train station, we don’t look at him.

  2. Rebecca George

    I think that is a very good point Zach! I didn’t think of it this way and now that you mention it I think it does show how rude some people can be.

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