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The Only Thing Certain is Change!
Welcome to the Humanities at HSPVA. During our time together, I believe we will discover the way change is the sweeping structure that binds us to to each other and to our past. (And hey, if things didn't change, there would be no "history"!) As with all the social sciences, just as with literature and the arts, we will bear down on the question, "what does it mean to be human?" That is, what are the essential qualities that we possess, what are the answers that everyone has sought, to what degree is our destiny determined and what can we do about our fate? History is much more than mere maps or text books, it is the story of a planet, and the narrative of one species that inhabits that planet.
What do I want from you? I Expect You to Save Our Planet!
"You’re not here to become an entertainer, and you don’t have to sell yourself. The truth is you don’t have anything to sell; being a musician isn't about dispensing a product, like selling used cars. I’m not an entertainer; I’m a lot closer to a paramedic, a firefighter, a rescue worker. You’re here to become a sort of therapist for the human soul, a spiritual version of a chiropractor, physical therapist, someone who works with our insides to see if they get things to line up, to see if we can come into harmony with ourselves and be healthy and happy and well.
Frankly, ladies and gentlemen, I expect you not only to master music; I expect you to save the planet. If there is a future wave of wellness on this planet, of harmony, of peace, of an end to war, of mutual understanding, of equality, of fairness, I don’t expect it will come from a government, a military force or a corporation. I no longer even expect it to come from the religions of the world, which together seem to have brought us as much war as they have peace. If there is a future of peace for humankind, if there is to be an understanding of how these invisible, internal things should fit together, I expect it will come from the artists, because that’s what we do. As in the concentration camp and the evening of 9/11, the artists are the ones who might be able to help us with our internal, invisible lives.”
~ Dr. Karl Paulnack
Read the entire inspiring and enlightening speech to the freshman class of the Boston Conservatory here.
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