Jesper Nordin conducts the Sjællands Symfoniorkester (Copenhagen Philharmonic) in a flash mob at Copenhagen Central Station playing Ravel’s Boléro. This kind of performance art reminds us that, when you least expect it, you can become submerged in beauty within moments: anywhere, by anyone (in street clothes, hauling a bassoon), and it can disappear just as quickly.
Today in the 11 AM section of my “Introduction to Sociology” class, we were supposed to be discussing how we investigate “social things” systematically, when a work crew set up a cherry picker and a tree shredder outside the window. I invited student to observe and comment on our observations.
Students’ observations swirled around cooperation, communication and mine about non-verbal communication, the division of labor, and secondary socialization.
Of course, when life gives you lemons, make lemonade, but beyond that, all can be grist for the sociological mill.