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Life and Music In music, one doesn’t make the end of a composition, the point of the composition. If that were so, the best conductors would be those who played fastest. And there would be composers who wrote only finales. [Laughing] People go to concerts just to hear one crashing cord, so that’s the end… But we don’t see that as something brought by our education into our everyday content. We’ve got a system of schooling that gives a completely different impression. It’s all graded— and what we do is we put the child into the corridor of this grade system, with a kind of “come on kitty kitty kitty” And yeah you go to kindergarten you know, and that’s a great thing because when you finish that you’ll get into first grade. And then come on first grade leads to second grade, and so on and then you get out of grade school and you’ve got high school and its revving up the thing is coming then you’re going to go to college, and by jove you get into graduate school, and when you’re through with graduate
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Unformatted text preview: school you go out and join the world. And then you get into some racket where you’re selling insurance. And they’ve got that quota to make. And you’re going to make that, and all the time the thing is coming. It’s coming, it’s coming! That great thing, the success you’re working for. Then when you wake up one day about forty years old, you say my god I’ve arrived. I’m there. And you don’t feel very different from what you always felt. And there’s a slight letdown because you feel there’s a hoax. And there was a hoax, a dreadful hoax. They made you miss everything. We thought of life by analogy with a journey, with a pilgrimage, which had a serious purpose at the end. The thing was to get to that end. Success, or whatever it is, or maybe heaven after you’re dead. But we missed the point the whole way along. It was a musical thing, and you were supposed to sing or dance while the music was being played.--Alan Watts, British Philosopher...
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