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Inconsistency of Music

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Submitted by M Tovey (United States), Dec 17, 2020 at 13:13

Ironic and interesting that after over twenty years, this topic has generated various and such diverse observations on what is essentially one of the most misunderstood and potentially most catastrophic manifestations of the human intellect, both erudite in high function and at the extreme opposite, dysfunctional and even banal. Music can reinforce or cause degeneration.
At the same time, music can excite, agitate, encourage or sooth, impassion or dissemble, or even cause somnolescent reactions dependent on so many differing factors; there is no commonality except it be taught.
The issue is: what does music have that attracts or repulses in the sensitivities of the listener; or more to the point, where did these proclivities to music originate. Think about it: how did rock and roll take over Beethoven - reminiscent of the Beatles? Ultimately, as the Dr. actually infers, it is a spiritual issue.

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