Last evening I was granted privilage to attend the Doobie Brothers concert at Wolf Trap with two lady friends. The show was great, and so was the music, which brings me to the point on the title. :)
Firstly I hope to make clear that this is not intended to be offensive to anyone - its only consideration is for a philosophical discussion, perhaps. For those of you who are history and specifically Ancient history buffs, maybe you’ll recognize where this is going.
As I sat on the grass listening to the music, as with any music venue people dance, especially to the really popular songs. I’m not much for getting up and shak’n what I got, (except maybe after more than one or two drinks – more like 5 or 6 LOL) but its always fun to watch and it gave me cause for thinking and reflection. This is where the history part comes in.
Like I pointed out at the beginning I was in company of two lady friends, and they did as most did, and stood up to dance. Since I had not consumed the required amount of liquid courage, I remained sitting on the grass. That’s when it occurred to me. All throughout history folks have made music, drank wine and danced. This is particularly noted during the Classical periods, and case in point is the Greek god, Dionysus – God of Wine. It is purported that women of the Classical world danced in celebration to his name every year (I forget the time of year – summer solstice comes to mind?) in which they would get absolutely pie-eyed. This was followed by later times in history where female drinking and dancing by the moonlight, in the deep forest was frowned upon. These would be the times of the Middle Ages, and even as recently as the 17th and 18th centuries. These were turbulent times in social history, where a person could be declared a witch just because she turned away a mans attentions, or because she practiced holistic medicine. Any reason was good enough in most cases.
For someone to have walked upon a group of ladies drinking wine by fire and moonlight during those times was almost always recipe for disaster to someone.
Now its summer 2006, and I am sitting in a grassy amphitheatre, listening to a band play its heart out to the crowd, and many people – mostly of the female persuasion are up dancing. And of course beer and wine have flowed in some quantity and everyone is having a great time, including yours truly. :D
I got to think’n (ya that’s a dangerous activity for me - see what it leads to? LOL) how persons of history from the Classical and Middle Ages timeframes, if they could be brought forward from their respective eras have viewed this. That’s when I got the Monty Python image in my head, smiled to myself and nodded my head.
So …. Any takers on a philosophy study? :D
Bashers need not reply. ;)