Musical Abundance

I got my copy of Abundance this morning, and I'm really looking forward to reading it this weekend. I hope that this book is widely read and that it helps to create a new understanding of what has been happening, is happening, and is likely to continue happening in our world. Yes, there is still too much poverty and suffering in the world, but the long-term and short-term trends on that front look very promising.

If you're reading this, there is a good chance that you enjoy wealth and a lifestyle that even your fairly recent ancestors (100 years ago or so) would barely be able to imagine. Consider that simply being able to listen to music -- other than one's own singing or the singing of those close by -- was once a luxury, something enjoyed only by an elite few. Today we have instant access to a quantity and variety of music that defies description. 

I was struck in particular by this video -- 10,000 musicians all gathered together in one (very large) room and  performing Beethoven together. Once only the mightiest of emperors could command such a performance; now anyone with access to Youtube can enjoy it anytime they like.

Then there's this, possibly even more amazing performance of a virtual "choir" made up of synchronized video clips. There may be an upper limit, even in Japan, to how many musicians you can get together at one time for a performance. But there's no upper limit to this.

Will we one day soon enjoy performances by symphonies and choirs with a million or more members? Of course we will, along with performances even more astounding than that -- things that right now we can't even imagine. There is a lot to look forward to.



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