Peculiarities of Being Human

People everywhere are spending more of their time in online pursuits, connecting with friends, finding friends, playing games, working, or finding work. In an earlier post I had written about the amazing human ability to turn the virtual world into a real world (real in terms of relationships and importance).

Yet, one of the most powerful forms of human bonding is the most ancient. Sitting around a table with friends, protected from the elements by food, drink, and friendship. In the rush to the “always on” virtual, we should never forget that the old ways are most often the best.

This clip is from the excellent Russian movie Peculiarities of the National Hunt in Winter (title sounds way better in Russian) and it always makes me smile when I see it. It’s a perfect example not just of the unique warmth of Russian (and Georgian) traditions (which is where the dancing and the songs come from) but of that most elemental part of being human.

Пожалуйста, наслаждайтесь видео!

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