Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Hi Culture


I've been working on a post about the post that included a review of my book on Hirhurim. It keeps getting broader. I was thinking of including the above but can't wait. I was zocheh to see David Grisman and Andy Statman play on Sunday night. I took this photo at the show.

This cartoon is from The New Yorker of Feb. 28.

Both of these items, in my mind, argue that people today have a hard time with appreciating quality art. Why?

2 Comments:

Blogger Pesach Sommer said...

It all has to do with exposure. If we don't see these things as children, it si tough to learn to appreciate them later on, particularly when surrounded by so much low culture

April 13, 2011 at 10:19 AM  
Blogger rabbi neil fleischmann said...

Yes. And yet. I'm not sure at what point, how, why - somehow I changed in regard to culture. It's hard to change but important to when the change is for the better toward the more sophisticated, spiritual, true. As a child I didn't like poetry. For a long time I was like most regular people seeing whatever movies were the hits, same with music, and books. Somehow I got into indie and foreign film, and poetry and and and. Animals and people both stop growing physically at a certain point. One of the things that makes us unique as humans is that we can grow in terms of our thought and feelings throughout our whole lives. Sadly many people stop developing as people at some point - this makes me sad. I thank G-d for the growth spurt that I experienced at an age in life when many people stopped growing. Many people I know talk a good game of "Torah U'Madah" or whatever else they want to call it - a claim of appreciating not only G-d's word but also -through the prism of His word - G-d's world. If we mean what we say then we should follow through and develop an appreciation for the best of all life has to offer within the perimeters of halacha. We are surrounded by low culture - this presents a test in terms of every aspect of our lives. We need to try to overcome temptation and make the best choices regarding all we do in life, including what we read and watch. I could go on and on but am going to cut myself off now. "I've said too much, but not enough."

April 13, 2011 at 12:18 PM  

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