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No, not what I do. But it's not what I must do either.

The idea that huge numbers of humans ever did it is romantic nonsense. Maybe 20% of people at peak?

The implied vision I get here - and this is the fault of having been exposed to Irish national mythology no doubt - is of lots of lovely little villagers gathered around their fires playing music and lovely lassies dancing reels at the crossroads. We're rapidly heading for Father Ted territory.

by Colman (colman at eurotrib.com) on Wed May 11th, 2011 at 10:45:33 AM EST
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Which is to say: feel free to learn a musical instrument. Go play with your friends, if they can bear it. But don't try to claim moral superiority on that basis.

I'll listen to it when it becomes the latest fad.

by Colman (colman at eurotrib.com) on Wed May 11th, 2011 at 10:47:55 AM EST
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I think the point wasn't that everyone should go buy a drum, more that everyone should stop considering consumption a valid substitute for a life.

It's the idea that civilisation always means Moar Stuff, and the inalienable right to buy same, that's suspect.

by ThatBritGuy (thatbritguy (at) googlemail.com) on Wed May 11th, 2011 at 12:38:09 PM EST
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