When asked by BBC to outline a simple idea that can improve lives and make the world a better place, Neuroscientist Gregory Berns has put his faith on music. No, he simply isn’t suggesting listening to music he stresses that everyone should learn to play music.
Music plays an important role in our life. But we often ignore its immense power in moulding our personality and creative abilities. In the modern digital age listening has become more important than actual learning and making music. We can really sing and dance away our blues.
The modern world seems to be hesitant to embrace and include compulsive music lessons in school and college curriculum. The academic syllabus is more about collecting information than about imbibing knowledge and skills. Learning to play a perfect melody can hone our skills in more than one area. Unfortunately role of music is restricted to the realm of entertainment alone.
Music is inherent part of some cultures. In fact, in most oppressed regions of Africa music is part of everyday life, dancing to rhythms is almost a ritual. Music has made people resilient there. But yet it is one continent where there is no peace or progress.
Music can make us better person but will it make the modern materialistic world a better place? Can it lessen human hatred and greed?