A friend’s e-mail sent me Googling to learn more about The Book of Habbakuk, the eighth book of the twelve minor prophets in the Hebrew Bible. Habbakuk was one of these prophets. During my Google search for Habbakuk, I happened upon several You-Tube videos featuring songs from this Book and I eventually noticed a video for a flash mob of Bach’s Hallelujah Chorus.
I was familiar with the flash mob concept, having seen TV reports on various flash mob “happenings” over the past several years, but this particular video was inspiring in its sense of Spontaneous Joy 🙂 Not only were the singers joyful in their song, but the on-lookers also became joyful as they watched and listened to the chorus growing around them.
Avid Googler that I am, I searched for other flash mob videos and was not disappointed. There is a seemingly endless supply of videos from around the world, from the United States to Belgium to Chile to South Africa to the United Kingdom to — well, you name the country, it’s represented! The venues are equally diverse, from mall food courts and airport terminals to university outdoor courtyards to an outdoor arts fest to the area surrounding the Eiffel Tower in Paris to — a beach in Maui, Hawaii.
Spontaneous Joy! Erupting all over the world! People united in song and dance uniting onlookers in several minutes of nothing but sharing and appreciation. A break from the daily grind, the daily horrors, the fears, the inhumanity…. Joy!
If only … but no, that’s too much to hope for: that we would replace all of the ugliness in the world with moments of Spontaenous Joy….
Or is it? If groups of people are capable of uniting, unpaid and unheralded, for the creation of Joy — all around the world — perhaps, just perhaps, there still is Hope 🙂