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島居博思 | 31-Jan-10, 11:37 PM | 藝文 | (15 Reads)

RECEIVED AN EMAIL TODAY ON SOMETHING FOR US TO THINK ABOUT.....

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Washington, DC Metro Station on a cold January morning in 2007. The man with a violin played six Bach pieces for about 45 minutes. During that time, approximately 2 thousand people went through the station, most of them on their way to work. After 3 minutes a middle aged man noticed there was a musician playing. He slowed his pace and stopped for a few seconds and then hurried to meet his schedule. 


4 minutes later: 

The violinist received his first dollar: a woman threw the money in the hat and, without stopping, continued to walk. 

6 minutes: 

 A young man leaned against the wall to listen to him, then looked at his watch and started to walk again. 

10 minutes:

A 3-year old boy stopped but his mother tugged him along hurriedly. The kid stopped to look at the violinist again, but the mother pushed hard and the child continued to walk, turning his head all the time. This action was repeated by several other children. Every parent, without exception, forced their children to move on quickly.

45 minutes:

The musician played continuously.  Only 6 people stopped and listened for a short while. About 20 gave money but continued to walk at their normal pace.  The man collected a total of $32.

1 hour:

He finished playing and silence took over. No one noticed. No one applauded, nor was there any recognition..

No one knew this, but the violinist was Joshua Bell, one of the greatest musicians in the world. He played one of the most intricate pieces ever written, with a violin worth $3.5 million dollars. Two days before Joshua Bell sold out a theater in Boston where the seats averaged (USD)$100.00 a piece.

 This is a true story. Joshua Bell playing incognito in the metro station was organized by the Washington Post as part of a social experiment about perception, taste and people's priorities

The questions raised: 

     *In a common place environment at an inappropriate hour, do we perceive beauty? 

      *Do we stop to appreciate it? 

      *Do we recognize talent in an unexpected context?

 
One possible conclusion reached from this experiment could be this: 

If we do not have a moment to stop and listen to one of the best musicians in the world, playing some of the finest music ever written, with one of the most beautiful instruments ever made. 

How many other things are we missing?

How many special persons pass us by and we do not MAKE ANY EFFORT TO get to know them? 


島居博思 | 30-Jan-10, 3:03 AM | 光影記事 | (15 Reads)

島居博思 | 28-Jan-10, 1:18 AM | 藝文 | (30 Reads)

乙城節的朋友說,五條人除了海豐話就是普通話,雖然移居廣州一段日子,仍然不懂說廣東話。

那天打給仁科,我仍不氣餒,先問他識唔識廣東話,他用普通話說不懂。於是,一個小時的長途電話,我們三人有一搭沒一搭全部普通話,直至我最後長篇大論,講到一些貼身感受實在不懂用普通話表達,阿茂忽然用字正腔圓的廣東話說﹕「你可以用廣東話,我哋明架。」哎呀呀,多謝佢俾我用母語。

母語力量超勁量,早前胡德夫唱咗成晚國語,唱到排灣族語,嘩,一句也不懂,後頸卻起晒雞皮,震到入心入肺。五條人的福佬話,當然一舊雲,但過癮又熱情,睇埋佢地的歌詞,就係八十後對社會急速變遷的感言。五條人第一張CD「縣城記」好搞鬼,一個大信封,裡面裝左好多林嬸,電話度讚咗佢地幾次,令我諗起小時見阿媽等鄉下親人寄信落嚟的焦心。

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島居博思 | 27-Jan-10, 2:05 AM | 有書有贏 | (39 Reads)

又要愛情,又要激情,還要親情和溫情,是多麼難執行的一項任務。

再加上兩人在工作上,自身上,外界環境等與日俱增的不同變化,真的需要氣度、智慧、修養,才能修成正果。

如果你想結婚,先問自己,你能退到什麼地步而不覺委屈?對方又能做出什麼樣的付出?把一切狀況想到最壞,再決定。

陶晶瑩的新書《我愛故我在》,前半部綜論愛情,講自己的婚姻、母親,生育,後半部忽然搬出好友的愛戀故事,然後進行個案分析,風格分裂。


島居博思 | 27-Jan-10, 1:05 AM | 島居隨筆 | (18 Reads)

不重要的人何必介懷。

~ clara chan ~


島居博思 | 26-Jan-10, 11:25 PM | 藝文 | (13 Reads)

島居博思 | 25-Jan-10, 2:28 PM | 島居隨筆 | (22 Reads)

友人某天來電,說久未來島探我,想乘機約埋A、B、C,都好耐冇見。末了,我講自己邊日邊日得閒,佢地可以來。友人竟說﹕「咁你約啦,總之我星期六同日都okay。」乜話?做乜你來探我由我約人?友人說﹕「你有號召力嘛,我出面佢地未必來。」這叫誠意來訪嗎!唔好嚟啦。

XXX     XXX    XXX

E去探病找我陪。吓?「我同阿邊邊個其實冇乜偈傾,你去埋氣氛好啲。」你當我係陪客定收音機,我啱啱今日至探完。探得咁勉強,咪鬼去啦。探病出心,仲要咁在意自我悶唔悶,氣氛點鬼樣,究竟個心乜野構造?

XXX     XXX     XXX

好友過世,一封EMAIL通知晒圍內要好朋友。有人問﹕「萬一咁啱佢地冇CHECK EMAIL咁咪唔知?!」以前,識做過籠的我會逐個打電話通知,而家對於呢種暗示性口吻完全當聽唔明!

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點解我有這樣的朋友?!有我就旨已我,冇我就陳大文,當然自己要負責。好管閒事,抵唔住頸急埋人地個份,耳仔軟,通通都係弊病。咁EASY GOING,慢慢就唔見左自己。

N個人同我講過﹕「點解你頂得順呢啲人?點解唔一腳伸走?」係喎?我係乃念多年情誼,定係害怕孤單?權衡好多之後,我選擇true to myself,表面上呢啲朋友都消失了,實在享受到舒暢。自己要對自己的生活負責。

 

 

 



島居博思 | 21-Jan-10, 3:00 PM | 光影記事 | (23 Reads)

島居博思 | 21-Jan-10, 1:54 AM | 島居隨筆 | (48 Reads)

2010年1月19日信報社評

 

高鐵撥款風波暫告一段落之後,我們原希望政府能夠來一次徹底檢討,針對有關高鐵的諮詢程序,以及引起反對者質疑的種種「擔憂」(例如以西九為終站帶旺該區房地產),組織一輪官民對話和解,務求令反對高鐵的激進人士了解政府要推動高鐵上馬的原因;結果,行政長官曾蔭權昨天以強硬的語氣,指上周六「部分反高鐵示威者不負責任衝擊立法會,違背香港社會核心價值及法治精神……,示威者應該反思。」示威者在上周六衝擊立法會,與警方激烈對峙,場面一片混亂,但鏡頭所見,示威者都是赤手空拳之輩,與執勤警員拉拉扯扯,氣氛火爆,但看不見有暴力行為或襲擊;示威者應該明白,香港人對於暴力行為絕不接受,如果任何示威者拿起武器襲警或效法外國擲汽油彈,民意肯定會徹底逆轉,由同情變為譴責,屆時,不管示威者打什麼旗號、提出什麼訴求,他們已經無法得到港人認同和支持,這點搞社會運動的「硬道理」,在反高鐵人士當中似乎已有共識,故此上周六的立法會場外抗爭是「激烈」而非「暴力」,以警隊當天出動的人力和裝備,應付這種純肢體衝突的抗爭活動應是綽綽有餘的。

那麼,上周六的示威者有哪些地方違背了香港的核心價值和法治精神?很多人都認同香港的核心價值是自由、法治和人權,《基本法》賦予港人集會、遊行、示威的自由,反高鐵一役,雖然是香港近年少見的激烈街頭運動,但比起外國的反政府活動,只是小巫見大巫而已。自從全球化深入各國導致很多國家貧富懸殊愈趨嚴重,以反發展、反消費及抗拒大財團和跨國企業為訴求的一股力量漸漸冒升,經常在電視新聞見到的反全球化、反G8峰會、反世貿示威等,都來自這股一脈相承的反建制勢力,他們組織的示威和抗爭經常演變成暴力衝突,甚至不時導致傷亡,但各國政府都束手無策,只能在示威現場盡量控制場面,減少衝突,政府的基本態度仍然是容忍和克制,不會以大規模逮捕或拘控的方式嚴刑對付。這並非反映外國政府特別仁慈、容忍度特別高,而是他們明白這些街頭抗爭活動背後有深刻的社會和政經矛盾,不是靠成功「鎮壓」現場的活動就可以斬草除根,把問題解決;相反,如果政府愈施壓,走上街頭的示威者只會更理直氣壯,鬥志更加高昂。

以香港的情況來看,我們很難相信反高鐵或其他反發展的人士可以聚合策動一場大型暴動;香港人應該記得,我們也說過了幾遍,本地在五十和六十年代爆發的暴動,都分別有國共兩黨在幕後支持,其餘沒有一次群眾性的「聚眾鬧事」可以動搖香港的穩定和秩序;明乎此,行政長官應該在無後顧之憂的情況下爭取與反高鐵人士對話溝通,聽取他們的訴求,以包容化解矛盾,而不是把事件扯上違背香港核心價值。

事實上,反高鐵人士並沒有統一的訴求,公民黨和公共專業聯盟不反對興建高鐵,但他們針對高鐵總站選址、造價、財務資料不透明等技術因素,反對政府提交立法會的方案,這些反對意見,屬於具體而微的範疇,政府雖然不接納,但公眾還「聽」得明白;以一批八十後為主力的反高鐵群眾,他們提出的訴求就較為抽象,現在集中焦點在保菜園村,但過去大型工程都涉及收地拆遷,是否日後凡有這種事情發生,八十後都要作激烈抗爭?他們還有沒有其他更深層的理念?如果「逢拆遷必反」,我們認為不會得到主流民意支持。

世界上只有犯錯的政府,才會有「官逼民反」;掌權的人要謙卑,因為權力不能濫用;我們認為特首高調譴責反高鐵人士解決不了問題,只會令社會裂痕加深A


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