"The free play of art is the result of mastery. " --Ernst Fischer, The Necessity of Art

"Children are likely to live up to what you believe of them." --Ladybird Johnson

"...a well-trained ear, a well-trained intelligence, a well-trained heart, and a well-trained hand...." --Zoltan Kodaly


Learning Link, 96

Check it out....here's a compelling idea: re-creating our society so that our inherent ability to empathize is allowed to flourish.  According to Jeremy Rifkin, author of The Empathic Civilization: The Race to Global Consciousness in a World of Crisis:

"What is required now is nothing less than a leap to global empathic consciousness and in less than a generation if we are to resurrect the global economy and revitalize the biosphere. The question becomes this: what is the mechanism that allows empathic sensitivity to mature and consciousness to expand through history?"    (From a  Huffington Post  article--read more,  here.)

Rifkin is the President of the Foundation on Economic Trends, and  has been an advisor to government leaders within the European Union and elsewhere.   His  books about the effects of scientific and technological changes on society  are used in universities, corporations and government agencies worldwide.

This particular talk is presented with simultaneous illustrations by RSA Animate,  and is ten minutes of absorbing information that's also fun to watch.  (Wish my notetaking skills were as well-developed as this!)

Want to listen?   Check it out here.   (Thanks to my friend Paul--who posted this on his  site, EveryDayIsAwesome.....lots of good reading there, if you're interested.)

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