Joshua Bell helped set up a social experiment to see just how much people listen to the world around them.
Setting up in our nation’s capital, Bell wanted to see just how much the denizens of Washington, D.C. paid attention.
Bell’s experiment was simple enough; to set up his violin case on the ground and begin to play for some spare change. It sounds rather unspectacular at first, but when you learn that Bell is actually one of the world’s greatest violinist, you’ll be a bit surprised at just how few people slowed down.
Used to selling out crowds of thousands of people in huge symphony halls, this must have been a humbling experience for the Grammy award winning artist.
Of the 1,097 people who passed him by, only seven stopped their busy lives to listen to him. Over 45 minutes of playing, he collected around $30 from 27 people.
Just three days prior, he had been given a considerably larger amount of money for playing the exact same performance at a concert filled with thousands of eager fans.
This video really shows how often we end up ignoring the beautiful world around us. Too often we’re so wrapped up in our own little worlds that we don’t realize all the amazing things that are happening right in front of our noses. These people were rushing to their commute, thinking about their jobs, or their kids, or their mortgages, or their cars; when maybe they should have stopped and smelled the roses, or in this case, hear the music!
After watching this video we’re inspired to try a little hard to stop, look, and listen. You never know what amazing things you could be passing by!
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