Muse Power: How Recreational Music Making Heals Depression and Other Symptoms of Modern Culture (Chapter 2, page 2 of 20)


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Chapter 2

The human connection is that place in us that resonates with the experiences of others, and that can "feel" the pain or the joy of someone else's reality. The human connection can never be replaced by technology and can have no real or effective substitute in our lives. The virtual world, connecting "online" is trying to provide a piece of it, but simply can not take the place of real face to face sharing and being together. It is this basic human need that our modern world is robbing us of on many levels, and it is the deep and undying inner desire for it that is pushing us to seek out more and new ways to connect. For some it is going to bars, for others it is church, for still others it may be the country clubs or social groups of some kind, regardless of the direction we go to seek it out, it is and always has been a natural part of our being as a social species.

Music has always had tremendous power to bring people together to share in the human experience. It has always been with us, evolving with us throughout time. Though highly variable, music is found in every known culture, past and present and will most certainly be with us in the future. It is commonly believed that humans have been on the planet over 160,000 years and that music has been present for at least 50,000 years, and probably much longer than that. "Since all peoples of the world including the most isolated tribal groups, have a form of music, scientists conclude that music must have been present in the ancestral population prior to the dispersal of humans around the world."(4) Music quickly evolved to become a fundamental part of human life and has remained an integral part of human development, evolution, socialization and interaction.

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