Friday, April 03, 2009

A dog's life

Once upon a time, Man and Wolf came to an accommodation: Man provided food and shelter, and in return Wolf became dog and provided companionship and protection. Over time Man realised that he could manipulate dog to become all kinds of useful shapes.

Eventually the uses themselves disappeared, but the shapes remained. Nobody could remember why that particular dog was that particular shape and had those particular features emphasised, only that it was good and desirable that it should be so.

So the dogs kept being bred into more and more unlikely shapes, until eventually they ended up wonderful to behold, but completely impractical, and so far removed from their wolvish origins that they were incapable of surviving without Man to provide food and shelter.

Then one day Man decided to stop feeding dog and kicked him out, and he died a slow, painful death from starvation and neglect.

And that's pretty much the story of (so-called) classical music.

Why don't young people listen to classical music?

Well, why should they?


Mariana Soffer said...

Given that "Music was invented to confirm human lonelines", and clearly classical music it is the lonelier of them all, we do not listen, cause all we try to do is pretend we are not alone. We do this by using all the modern ways of communication that act as placebos of real human contact.

petemaskreplica said...

"Placebos of real human contact"

I like that, I may have to steal it :)

Mariana Soffer said...

g o ahead, glad you like it.