Karen Hudes Whistleblower: MUSIC AND HUMANITY

11 May

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It was one of J.F.K.’s favorite pieces of music. After JFK’s death, the National Symphony Orchestra played this piece, and the concert went out on radio.


Romantic souls tend to believe that true love never dies. “Though lovers be lost, love shall not” – Dylan Thomas wrote in one of his most loveable poems. Music awakens humanity in humankind. It lifts man to higher levels of mutual understanding and helps bind people together. It stimulates the senses and makes us more sensible and sensitive. Simply put, music makes us better persons.

Vladimir Jankélévitch, a French philosopher – who was also a fairly talented pianist – wrote a great deal about music. He wrote books about Fauré, Ravel, about the expressiveness and morality of music. He held the view that music is a duo of hearts and that it leads to the “disarmament of the hearts” of those who listen and are listened to.

Jankélévitch also believed that people rarely live their lives to the fullest. Very often we just slumber through life and fall prey to l’ennui: existential boredom. We are not concerned with how best to spend our time, but with how we can let time go by. And yet there are also moments and ways in which we are awakened from the slumber of every day life. Moments that break the banality of being. They are intense and “adventurous” moments that open our hearts and challenge our minds to such an extent that we can no longer have the luxury to be bored and feel as if a deeper meaning in life is lacking. Love is such an adventure. And so is music.

[I have taken this from a larger essay on the internet]

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