At The Heart Of Culture

In the wake of the tragedy of the lives lost on Friday evening in Paris, Monday morning many of us are starting our week attempting to get on with ‘business as usual’. Our hearts are filled with sadness and despair at the loss of innocent lives and the headlines are ringing louder with the noise of revenge and violence as the daily churn of the news cycle rings on.

The repercussions will not be disconnected from our daily lives, for now and into the foreseeable future our social lives will be brought under the ring of surveillance.  Hitting at the heart of our social lives, the effects will be felt in one way or another. Live Nation have announced that measures have been taken to step up security in concert venues globally and for now a select number of international musicians will also be cancelling or postponing their European tour dates.

No matter how we choose to do it, we can take a moment to reflect on the impact these past few days will have on our culture and society, how we will view each other either with suspicion or compassion and whether this tragic event will polarise or unify us.

Music someway somehow connects us to each other and we cultivate our social culture through our multi-culture, music culture, foodie culture, sports culture, creative culture – making it part of our connective tissue.  Where the intimate relationship we have with our devices consumes our daily lives and isolates us further away from speaking to each other, it may be easier to retreat further into cold conversations on social media, but it’s our real social bonds that allow us to tap into our humanity and enrich our culture.

As on that Friday night in Paris, as in many cities in the world, it’s in our desire to socialise that we take ourselves out to bars, restaurants and into music venues to sit or stand shoulder to shoulder with friends, loved ones or strangers and revel in the atmosphere that music creates for us. We are one nation of billions across the world, who may be increasingly made to feel that by closing ourselves off we can ensure our safety but our community around our shared love of music brings us closer together day in day out. It’s with this sense of community around our culture that we continue to find the need to go out, enjoy music, food, and the company of each other in our daily lives.

As multiple social media profiles and personalities pay tribute to the lives lost in Paris, the Peace For Paris symbol above has become a unifying symbol of our desire to connect our emotions as one, the artist Jean Julian spoke to Wired about how “it really shows that this is how we communicate not just as humans, but as a society. It can break down barriers. Sometimes it is difficult to shed light on what is true or not, but I think people have an instinctive sense of how to use these forms of communication. In cases like this, the things that need to spread, spread. And this seems to have been a very positive use of this form of hyper-communication.”

While we pay tribute to the 129 people who suffered a tragic fate on Friday evening in Paris, and the 352 people injured in the 10th/11th arrondissement and the Bataclan music venue – we will also go on living our lives and enriching our culture. As the victims have started to be identified, we have learned that amongst them were music fans just like us as well as music executives and professionals – we pay respect to each and every person and our thoughts are with them, their friends and their families.