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Draconess25's avatar

What do you think of this quote?

Asked by Draconess25 (4448points) May 10th, 2010

“Those who don’t hear the music think the dancers are insane.”

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saraaaaaa's avatar

I find it an interesting metaphor for discrimination in various forms. Very poetic.

phoebusg's avatar

You can’t understand behavior without first seeing all the contributing factors. A behavior can seem crazy without that consideration.

stranger_in_a_strange_land's avatar

Things can look ridiculous out of context. Like sex to someone who lacks the necessary hormones. A great quote.

Kayak8's avatar

I had never heard the quote before, but really like it. Agree with @stranger_in_a_strange_land on the interpretation.

phoebusg's avatar

Thinking about it though, it really depends on the observer. The attribution that they’re insane is one possibility, another is realizing that there must be music there, or a reason. There is always reason for every behavior, everything that happens regardless.

Why are they dancing?
Maybe they’re hearing music. Maybe they’re rehearsing and so forth.

But good quote nonetheless. Ok, I need a nap! :P

Simone_De_Beauvoir's avatar

I do love that quote – to me it’s about beauty others are too afraid to see and to admit they want. The beauty is not one of a physical nature but of concepts and passions.

OliverYoung's avatar

I don’t find them insane.
I find them awesome.

CyanoticWasp's avatar

Not so much different from what Henry David Thoreau said on the same topic:

“If a man loses pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured, or far away.”

frolix's avatar

“Those who don’t hear the music think the dancers are insane.”
Whoaa… I do love the quote!!
Anyhows, I kinda think this quote has a correlation to the old saying: “Before you criticize someone, you should walk a mile in their shoes.”, am I correct?

@stranger_in_a_strange_land: very well defined + interesting analogy! :-)

Dr_Lawrence's avatar

Ignorance leads to false attributions and erroneous conclusions.

CyanoticWasp's avatar

@frolix the reason for that saying is that by the time you criticize them, they’re a mile away… and barefoot.

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