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Dance the World

This is what we should be doing…

This video has been viewed 15,798,370 times on YouTube and has been re-posted on hundreds of blogs around the world. The first time I saw it, I had tears pouring down my face and I smiled for the rest of the day. I was reminded of it again today by toomanytribbles who had seen “the hoax” rumour on The Friendly Atheist.

Watch and enjoy.
This is what we need.
More dancing.

[Update: ???????? ? ?????? reminded me about the ridiculous situation Matt Harding found himself in when he danced in front of the Parthenon here in Athens. It was for that reason that I originally posted this video back in the summer. Read about it in Matt’s own words]

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  1. January 3, 2009    

    Well, DD, I think that every mention of Matt Harding taking place in any place or blog that is in any way related to Greece should always be accompanied with a link to the shameful story about Matt’s visit to Greece, so as to never lose track of how shit-for-brains mentality rules here and how this mentality never misses a chance to represent us to the world:

  2. January 3, 2009    

    Oh, I almost forgot: Happy new Year!

  3. January 3, 2009    

    i love the music in the background.

    happy new year, my beautiful dd! i hope it is filled with joy, love, and self-renewing energy.

  4. January 3, 2009    

    @???????? ? ??????
    You’re quite right! I posted this video once before, after his visit here. Thank you for reminding me.

  5. Michael Scowcroft
    January 5, 2009    

    I think the Greek authorities were slightly harsh. Matt shouldn’t have been arrested for his dancing (no matter how bad his dancing is).

    I didn’t know the Parthnon was considered to be ‘sacred’ by Greeks. I wonder what the reaction would be if Matt danced at other sacred sites like the Wailing Wall in Jerusalem, or Ground Zero, or Notre Dame, or the Vietnam Memorial, or in Belgium on Flanders Fields, or in the Holocaust Museum….it might be a good idea for Matt to seek permission before dancing at cultural sites. With so many different cultures in the world, you never know what might be interpreted as insulting or disrespectful.
    “Silly dancing” may seem harmless to us but i’m sure if i saw someone silly dancing at a place which was important or ‘sacred’ to me, like Auschwitz or the World War One Memorial, i will not hesitate to give them a smack. So, in a way, Matt should count himself lucky to get away with just a stern warning.

  6. January 5, 2009    

    @Michael Scowcroft
    I know exactly what you’re saying and the discussion following the story on Matt’s own blog addresses that same question. Personally, I have no problem with him dancing (and the way I see it, uniting people) in his own rather unique way at any ancient monuments. However, he does not choose to do it in front of sensitive places like war memorials or religious sites. If you check the video, he chooses mostly iconic places that people connect to the country he is in.

    As far as I know, the Parthenon is a place dedicated to the ancient gods and has no religious importance other than to those who still follow the ancient rituals. (Is it the 12 gods religion?). I am sure dancing there is not prohibited by them. It is quite right that Greece should be proud of these ancient sites. They are beautiful and they are our connection to the past. They are important but not sacred.

    I would be very interested to know what my Greek readers think.

  7. Michael Scowcroft
    January 6, 2009    

    I agree with you DD, but i don’t think we foreigners are as sensitive as we could be when we’re in foreign countries.
    It’s not for us to decide how a cultural monument or place of interest should be viewed by the people of a particular country. Monuments such as the Parthnon may be considered ‘sacred’ in ways which are not necessarily ‘religious’ and in ways we foreigners may not understand.

    That’s why it may be wiser for Matt to gain knowledge of the sensitivities of a particular culture by asking the authorities or locals and to gain permission or approval before dancing at places of cultural importance.

    If the Greeks feel it’s inappropriate to dance in front of one of their cultural symbols/iconic places, he should be sensitive to their concerns and respectful of their wishes.

    I remember when a foreign football player joined Celtic football club and he wanted to play in his usual orange coloured boots. Celtic fans took offence to his orange boots because the colour has sectarian connotations which angered them. This is just an example where a well-meaning but ignorant foreigner can fall foul of the local customs or sensitivities without even knowing it.

    That’s why i believe we should learn as much as we can about other cultures especially when we are about to visit their countries and ensure we seel permission or approval when we’re about to do something ‘unconventional’ (such as dancing in front of cultarally important places in a stamping fashion with a silly grin on your face – it may be acceptable for us but a sensible and reasonable person like Matt should be concerned that this behaviour may be misconstrued by some cultures).

    We should make sure we are sensitive to things which may be considered offensive or inappropriate by asking and learning from the local population, and we must be prepared to respect their wishes and accomodate their customs even though we don’t understand them.

  8. January 6, 2009    

    Love this.
    Thanks for this.