Yo-Yo Ma: Nothing great ever produced in isolation
Mercury News wire services
Excerpted Article: "The notion of cultural purity is a dead end, said famed cellist Yo-Yo Ma, who was born in Paris to Chinese parents and came to the United States as a child prodigy.
Ma's internationally recruited Silk Road Ensemble involves instruments such as Indian sitars, Islamic ouds, and Chinese erhu, suona and pipa and has filled museums with works from Azerbaijan, Iran, Mongolia and Uzbekistan.
"I have this theory that I share with (Art Institute of Chicago president) Jim Cuno," Ma told the Associated Press. "It's that nothing great was ever produced in isolation."
Ma says his study of history at Harvard University led him to realize that Eastern and Western cultures are not self-contained, but have mixed since at least the time of Alexander the Great."
I love this article because if applied to the blogosphere, it underscores why blogs, connectivity and authentic exchange are so powerful and important.
To take a lyrical note from Yo Yo, remember this: "No great blog was ever produced in isolation."