Little and large

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Does size matter as much as many folks are led to believe? Thinking about the impact of ideas, are The Bee Gees more influential on Western popular culture than The Velvet Underground? Is it important to do things in large expansive ways? Are there times when it makes sense to draw inspiration and comfort from the smaller things in life? The answers to these questions, depending on each person’s perspective, can point us in suitable directions regarding life choices.

Some people are motivated by making big splashes. After the splash has been noticed by others, there is usually some time given to reflection about what it means in a particular area of what we do, or who we are. If there is something insightful about that reflection time, then those who made the splash are remembered for being remarkable. Is it possible that little splashes can sometimes carry remarkable messages?

Ripples from localised activities have the potential to change the way that the whole world sees things. Television has led many of us up the garden path for too long. When I talk to children about their consumption of content from mass communication outlets nowadays, they are mainly interested in You Tubers. I am pleased to say that I have similar interests.

How do these developments affect the future of higher learning and education? Perhaps there will always be orchestras and big opera companies, but the majority of people with the talents to be employed by them are probably going to have to find other ways to express ideas.

The gate keepers and custodians of the large organisations that many of us have grown up wanting to work for are soon going to be under pressure to justify the amount of public funding they receive.