My love took me to hear the Cape Town Opera Chorus’ performance of “Grace Notes”, including sacred choral music from Palestrina and Pärt to traditional Zulu, Xhosa, Sotho and Venda choral music. I sat in tears for most of it, moved beyond my ability to express. To hear this music in this space. The closest I can get, in awe and reverence and gratitude, is to refer to this passage from Donna Tartt’s “The Goldfinch,” in which the narrator talks about the famed painting by Carel Fabritius, and life, and art, and this, this, this: " Whatever teaches us to talk to ourselves is important: whatever teaches us to sing ourselves out of despair. But the painting has also taught me that we can speak to each other across time. And I feel I have something very serious and urgent to say to you, my non-existent reader, and I feel I should say it as urgently as if I were standing in the room with you. That life –whatever else it is –is short. That fate is cruel but maybe not random. That Nature (meaning Death) always wins but that doesn’t mean we have to bow and grovel to it. That maybe even if we’re not always so glad to be here, it’s our task to to immerse ourselves anyway: wade straight through it, right through the cesspool, while keeping eyes and hearts open. And in the midst of our dying, as we rise from the organic and sink back ignominiously into the organic, it is a glory and a privilege to love what Death doesn’t touch. For if disaster and oblivion have followed this painting down through time –so too has love. Insofar as it is immortal (and it is) I have a small, bright, immutable part in that immortality. It exists; and it keeps on existing. And I add my own love to the history of people who have loved beautiful things, and looked out for them, and pulled them from the fire, and sought them when they were lost, and tried to preserve them and save them while passing them along literally from hand to hand, singing out brilliantly from the wreck of time to the next generation of lovers, and the next.”
Since social media is very important to shed lights on amazing people, I wanted to post this picture with two amazing designers whom I connected with in @designindaba ;
on the right side of the picture is @mark_kamau a user Experience Design Director at Kenyan start-up @brcknet it is an innovative technology company focused on connecting Africa to the internet, a back-up for the internet in the same way you can have a generator as a back-up for electricity. It uses a sim-card and lasts for up to eight hours and it broadcasts WiFi to about 30 persons.
On the left side of the picture, Dr. William Mapham the founder of VULA Mobile its an app that makes it easy to refer patients to specialists by putting primary healthcare workers directly in touch with on-call specialists. It’s much quicker than fax or phone.
Meeting people like you made me believe more in the power of design, I hope we can have more people who care about the future of this world. #SocialMediaForABetterWorld#DesignForACause