Radical Moderatism

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  1. trumpetsplus

    trumpetsplus Fortissimo User

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    Joey Tartell is not only a great player and teacher, he expresses himself very well.

    Here is one of his recent blog posts:
    Radical Moderatism | Tartellog
     
  2. mchs3d

    mchs3d Mezzo Forte User

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    Nice article.
     
  3. Sethoflagos

    Sethoflagos Utimate User

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    Moderately nice article ;-)
     
  4. TrumpetMD

    TrumpetMD Fortissimo User

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    Nice article.

    The problem, of course, extends way beyond music. We like to polarize people with extremes, because it gives a reason to argue, to bully, and to feel superior.

    It's unfortunate. But because of this, I doubt "radical moderatism" will catch on until we practice "radical empathy". We don't have to agree with the other guy. But we need to empathize/understand/respect where the other guy is coming from. And the more we disagree with that person, the more we need show empathy towards him/her.

    Mike
     
  5. rowuk

    rowuk Moderator Staff Member

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    I think that we have problems with radical because we have become emotionally too soft, intolerant of raw truth. I think the problem is more the wimp than the radical.

    Just check mother nature in her purest form out. Survival of the fittest, rewards to those that can adapt. Argue with a hungry lion, explain why it is unfair.......... You need pretty good arguments, or strong legs. The lion is never wrong.
     
  6. TrumpetMD

    TrumpetMD Fortissimo User

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    (tongue-in-cheek warning)

    At the risk of sounding too extreme ... ;-)

    Hasn't "survival of the fittest" been redefined by modern scientists? Open competition is believed to result mutual destruction, not survival of the fittest. In nature, a cooperative and adaptable species (dare I say "moderatism") has a greater chance of survival than a selfish and competitive species. ;-)

    Mike
     
  7. rowuk

    rowuk Moderator Staff Member

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    Yes, "survival of the fittest" has been raped by the same type of ANALysts that helped the banks and politics in all directions crash. The idiocy is that it is possible to look at short term suppression and call that success or being "fitter". The truth is that only when the victim happens to die short term do the suppressors get away with it.

    Selfish is not fit, it builds enemies. Competitive CAN be healthy. Lions do not kill one another over food unless something else is terribly wrong.

    As applied to the trumpet, you have to produce the goods if you are going to have an attitude. A teacher with an attitude will have no students if they get beaten up and don't get better........... A teacher with an attitude passes that attitude on when things work. I am not a first generation "ass".

     

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