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Music With Enthusiasm With a Few Laws of the Universe Appended
Thursday, 26 June 2008 7:21 PM MDT
I just watched this very entertaining and moving TED talk, Benjamin Zander on Music and Passion. It's about twenty minutes long.
Now I'm a sucker for good music and have loved classical since I was a child. But this guy knows how to infect even those who don't care so much with his enthusiasm.
As I watched, I noticed my own reactions to the music as he played it. As often happens when I hear beautiful music, my thought processes calmed, my heart opened up, and emotion of a more refined kind flowed freely.
And Benjamin Zander ends his presentation with some expressions of things that I think hint at foundational principles of the universe, principles of truth about where true power comes from.
Hint: It doesn't come from wealth, money, political, or military power. It comes as one lifts and encourages others—then without exercising any force or compulsion over another human being, your discover that your own power has grown.
Truly great leaders of all nations, kindreds, races, and cultures have discovered this secret. (I can't help but think that Gandhi must have known something of it.)
Joseph Smith, during a period of severe distress in his life and in the lives of those he knew and loved, received as part of an answer to his prayers revelation from on high that expressed these same principals of truth about where true power comes from. That answer included these words: "The Holy Ghost shall be thy constant companion, and thy scepter an unchanging scepter of righteousness and truth; and thy dominion shall be an everlasting dominion, and without compulsory means it shall flow unto thee forever and ever."
(Read this for a little more detail on Joseph's prayer and answer.)