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Thursday, March 24

Joy (Hanging onto our humanity, Part 6)

UPDATE - 8:30 PM EDT
Just published: Joy 2: Happy Holi! Happy Purim! Happy Easter!an essay chiefly about Holi that mentions good and very surprising news out of Pakistan related to the holiday.
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Recently I've been thinking about joy, about how important it is for the young to be taught formal ways to express the joy of being alive. I decided to write an essay on the theme as part of my Hanging Onto Our Humanity series but kept putting off the task. Then I learned that today is Purim, "one of the most joyous and fun holidays on the Jewish calendar." That clinched it; ready or not these two very different celebrations of being joyful will suffice for an essay:      

Beethoven's Ode to Joy sung by an amateur choir of ten thousand Japanese in Tokyo    




Waiyeina (An Exclamation Of Enjoyment) performed in Rome by Mali's Oumou Sangaré and her troupe -- with help from the audience

         

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