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This piece of information on perception, i have received from my friend, we do miss a lot as this incident.
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 approximately 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 and the child continued to walk, turning his head all the time. This action was repeated by several other children.. Every parent, without exception, forced their children to move on quickly.

45 minutes

The musician played continuously. Only 6 people stopped and listened for a short while. About 20 gave money but continued to walk at their normal pace. The man collected a total of $32.

1 hour

He finished playing and silence took over. No one noticed. No one applauded, nor was there any recognition.

No one knew this, but the violinist was Joshua Bell, one of the greatest musicians in the world. He played one of the most intricate pieces ever written, with a violin worth $3.5 million dollars. Two days before, Joshua Bell sold out a theater in Boston where the seats averaged $100.

This true story of Joshua Bell playing incognito in the metro station was organized by the Washington Post as part of a social experiment about perception, taste and people's priorities. The question is in a common environment at an inappropriate hour, do we perceive beauty? Do we stop to appreciate it? Do we recognize talent in an unexpected context?

One possible conclusion reached from this experiment could be this: If we do not have a moment to stop and listen to one of the best musicians in the world, playing some of the finest music ever written, with one of the most beautiful instruments ever made.....

How many other things are we missing?

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7 comments to “PERCEPTION”

  1. Thats such a valid point raised. Most people equate quality to price, the more expensive a commodity, the higher value they place on it, they can never appreciate the fact that most of the blessed things in life are priceless and most often than not free, if only we looked

  1. Lovely post!! Thanks for sharing this!!
    I agree we dont give value to the content but rather the layout of any product. We before analyzing anything make an opinion about it, which is wrong!!

    i liked your post!!

  1. Thanks for your lovely comment. I have taken the picture from the topmost building thats why the flight looked very close. It was an amazing experience to see various types of flight and the air show was amazing.
    Wonderful post. As I am in advertising field so I would like to say that most of the people look at the layout, attractiveness of the ad but never bother to read the content which is most important. Actually people try to figure out if any discounted item is there or some scheme is there thats all.

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    Thank you all for the comments.

  1. brilliant piece buddy..thanks for sharing..

  1. @Ramesh
    Thank you dear.

  1. wow!
    i always suspected i was missing things along my hurried pursuits!