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Posted by on Jul 22, 2019 in Blog, Essays | 0 comments

What Song Had the Greatest Historical Impact on the World?

 

 

Here’s the latest edition of my regular series — An Unconventional Convention:

 

AN UNCONVENTIONAL CONVENTION — LVII

What song has had the *greatest historical impact* on the world?

Music can be powerful. It can alter our emotions. It can change how we think. It can motivate us to do good things. It can motivate us to do bad things. It can ignite even revolutions.

Songwriting dates all the way back to the Middle Ages. All cultures produce music of some kind. Millions of songs have been written over the centuries — recorded and performed in every country on earth.

Your challenge today is to pick the ONE SONG that’s had the most profound impact — which can be either good or bad. What song has gone so far as to alter the course of human history? Certainly, some songs have changed how people think and what they believe. Moreover, some songs echo deeper instincts that don’t always produce a positive outcome. Some songs can be bad and motivate people to harmful things.

Keep in mind this is not a question about the “best song” or “most popular song.” This is only about songs that have *made a difference” in some way.

BONUS QUESTION: What specific impacts did your song choice have on people? Try to be as specific as possible.

This is the FIFTY-SEVENTH edition of A.U.C. Here’s another challenging question that will require some contemplation. Honestly, I have *no idea* what my answer will be. I need more time to think about it.

So, what’s your pick?

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Posted by on Jul 15, 2019 in Blog, Essays | 1 comment

What Movie Have You Seen the Most Times?

 

 

AN UNCONVENTIONAL CONVENTION — LIV

What movie have you seen the most times?

To read and/or participate, click onto the image DOWN BELOW which links directly to the Facebook discussion.

My summation of the comments, my answer, as well as the consensus opinion are listed below:

Think back to all the movies you’ve watched more than once — at the theatre, on television, and/or on demand. I presume that most of you have watched the movies you enjoy *multiple* times. I also presume the next time you’re channel surfing and accidentally stumble across your movie, you’ll stop and watch it. I do this frequently.

Name your movie, and then try your best to estimate the number of times you have seen it (at least, in part).

I have at least a dozen candidates. It’s tough to pick just one. film from so many So, I may have to think about my answer.

If you have to think about this question, then it’s likely the first answer that popped into your head is correct. That will be my pick, which I’ll post later in the thread.

Also of note — older people will have watched their movies many more times than younger people, for obvious reasons. However, one big factor is that those of us who are 45+ grew up with fewer television channels and less options. So, we were limited as to what we could watch. Accordingly, repetition was our only option.

Finally, if you want to explain WHY we do this, I’d be curious to read some answers. For instance, I would NEVER go back and watch an old sporting event I’ve seen previously. So, why do so many of us watch the same movie over and over again? It doesn’t seem to make any sense.

Everyone should have an answer. I’m eager to see which is the most popular (consensus) choice.

This is the FIFTY-FOURTH edition of A.U.C. Thanks for everyone for contributing to the discussion. Lot’s more topics to come.

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More to come……

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Posted by on Jul 12, 2019 in Blog, Essays | 2 comments

What is the famous quote or saying that provides comfort which you believe — if shared — might also help others? [An Unconventional Convention]

 

 

Welcome to the latest edition of my Facebook discussion series, “An Unconventional Convention.”

To read more and/or participate hopefully, click onto the image below which links directly to the Facebook page.

My summation of the comments, my answer, as well as the consensus opinion are also listed below:

 

My Answer:  

All things must pass.

Consensus Opinion (most popular answer):  

Grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change,
Courage to change the things I can,
And wisdom to know the difference.

Other Popular Responses (in no particular order): 

When you can be anything you want in the world — be kind.

Don’t sweat the small stuff and its all small stuff.

Say what you mean and mean what you say.

Love is the condition where someone else’s happiness is essential to your own.

 

To join my future discussions on history, music, movies, books, and living life to the fullest, please follow by clicking — HERE.

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Posted by on Jul 11, 2019 in Blog, Essays | 1 comment

Who is the Most Famous Person in the World? [An Unconventional Convention]

 

 

Writer’s Note: Earlier this year, I launched a new forum for discussion on Facebook.  I called this exchange of ideas — “An Unconventional Convention.”

My platform for sharing thoughts in a civil and constructive manner was in direct response to our deep political and cultural divide, which often blurs reality and distorts how we see others.  So, every couple of days, I came up with an interesting topic for broad discussion.  It’s both wonderful and selfish — because I get to satisfy many of my own curiosities and then call upon lots of smart people for opinions. 

I’ve learned many new things from the feedback posted to Facebook in the comments section.  I expect others have learned quite a bit, as well.  Indeed, An Unconventional Convention is an unbridled success.

Accordingly, I’m re-posting many of the most popular topics, some which attracted hundreds of comments, along with a summation of what we learned.  Also, please follow me on Facebook to engage in future in discussions.   

 

To read and/or participate, click onto the image below which links directly to the Facebook discussion.

My summation of the comments, my answer, as well as the consensus opinion are also listed below:

QUESTION:  WHO IS THE MOST FAMOUS (LIVING) PERSON IN THE WORLD?

Who is the most famous (living) person in the world at this moment?  Note that “famous” could be measured in two different ways:
— the person is identified by name if a photograph was shown.
— if the person’s name were written or spoken, the respondent would be able to identify the subject.

It’s possible your answers could differ depending on which measure is used (facial recognition versus name recognition).

CLICK ON THE IMAGE BELOW TO READ THE FULL QUESTION AND SEE ALL COMMENTS

My Answer:  Barack Obama

Consensus Opinion:  No consensus opinion (the discussion was divided)

Most Popular Responses (in no particular order):  Queen Elizabeth II, Barack Obama, Donald Trump, Pope Francis, Jackie Chan, Dev Patel, Dali Llama, Vladimir Putin, Xi Jinping, Christiano Ronaldo, Michael Jordan

 

To join my future discussions on history, music, movies, books, and living life to the fullest, please follow by clicking — HERE.

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Posted by on Feb 1, 2019 in Blog, Essays | 0 comments

An Unconventional Convention

 

 

Social media isn’t as constructive as it can be and should be.  Here’s one small way I thought of towards making it better.

Imagine a forum where people of many different backgrounds come together to express, share, enjoy, reflect, discuss, and ponder the widest range of thoughts.

This is a new social group on Facebook.  Anyone can participate.  Some topics, most chosen by me, will be light and fun.  Others will be far more serious.  The only rules which apply will be my rules, which will be strictly enforced.  No insults or ridicule is permitted.  No memes.  Just straightforward and hopefully honest comments.

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