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A Facebook friend posted something about a story I heard of a few years ago. It intrigued me then and it intrigues me now. In 2007, The Washington Post Magazine conducted an experiment to see what kind of reaction a world-class violinist would get playing incognito in a subway station. To keep it short, passers-by contributed $32.17 to his pot for his performance. Of 27 people who passed him, most paid him no attention at all. Only one person recognized him. But ... there's more to the story.

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From the story as I read it, as posted at Snopes. (Umm ... yes, the story is TRUE.)

A man sat at a metro station in Washington DC and started to play the violin; it was a cold January morning. He played six Bach pieces for about 45 minutes. During that time, since it was rush hour, it was calculated that 1,100 people went through the station, most of them on their way to work.

Three minutes went by, and a middle aged man noticed there was musician playing. He slowed his pace, and stopped for a few seconds, and then hurried up to meet his schedule. 

A minute later, the violinist received his first dollar tip: a woman threw the money in the till and without stopping, and continued to walk. 

A few minutes later, someone leaned against the wall to listen to him, but the man looked at his watch and started to walk again. Clearly he was late for work.



The one who paid the most attention was a 3 year old boy. His mother tagged him along, hurried, but the kid stopped to look at the violinist. Finally, the mother pushed hard, and the child continued to walk, turning his head all the time. This action was repeated by several other children. All the parents, without exception, forced them to move on.

So, there was one group which reacted to the music and the performance effectively free of the distractions of everyday life. Children.

Obviously kids aren’t going to be that informed about who might be a renowned artist in a given field. Their reactions were pure reactions to the music and the quality of his performance. Isn’t that brilliant?!

One of our roles in society is to teach the children about our world and about making their way in it. But in how many ways do we really have more to learn from them? Sometimes seeing without our learned lenses and filters can be a very valuable thing!



What have you learned from our young ones? :-)

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