the capacity to care

I was browsing videos to demonstrate different approaches to music education, and keep coming back to the point of what is the purpose, especially in such an uncertain political arena full of bullies and senseless noise. I am struggling to find a semblance of what I value and a purpose to keep fighting for it.

Becoming skilled enough to consider oneself a musician is so difficult, much less finding a place for that skill. And then the purposes of that education are so varied. Venezuelans have tried to demonstrate how music serves as a way out of poverty and through self-empowerment, and then are faced with their economic and social crisis of the plummeting oil prices. American research focuses on the academic success music can provide, but the arts are considered luxuries, augmenting only the wealthier districts in public education.

But then I hear something like this video, and I return to this 50-year old quote from Pablo Casals, after he saw Suzuki perform in the early days of Talent Education.

I feel the capacity to care is the thing which gives life its deepest significance.
The love of one's country is a splendid thing. But why should love stop at the border?
Music is the divine way to tell beautiful, poetic things to the heart.
Music will save the world.
You must work - we must all work to make the world worthy of its children.
The most perfect technique is that which is not noticed at all.
The art of interpretation is not to play what is written.
Man has made many machines, complex and cunning, but which of them indeed rivals the workings of his heart?
Every wrong seems possible today, and is accepted. I don't accept it


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