Muse Power: How Recreational Music Making Heals Depression and Other Symptoms of Modern Culture (Chapter 1, page 2 of 30)


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Chapter 1

Somewhere along the way in this amazing journey, we’ve lost touch with something. There is a lost connection to ourselves, to our communities, and to a greater understanding of what it is to be a human living with other humans on planet earth.

In a relatively short period of time, we have developed a very different way of life than our recent ancestors had. It’s staggering, really, to consider that as recently as 200 years ago we were living very different lives than most of us in the western world are living now. I am most certainly grateful for the opportunities that I have had in my life that the technology and advances of the past century have brought, and certainly am not going to be one who says, “Let’s go back in time.” The “good old days” may seem ideal and attractive to those scourged by modern culture, but the fantasy is always better than the reality, and most people in today’s world would find it very challenging to live the way our great grandparents did. I do, however, advocate taking the best of all worlds possible and being more active and creative with how we move into the future. Especially since we now have the wisdom of the past and the whole world at our fingertips, along with the technology to project into the future to understand the potential impacts of practically any chosen course of action! It would seem purely ignorant to not begin to cultivate a middle ground that integrates what works into our world, and carefully removes those pieces that are causing sickness, disease and malignancies.

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