Where the Hell is the Humanity?


As some of you may know, I have a personal fondness for public displays of dancing.  I found a thoroughly entertaining video entitled Where the Hell is Matt?” (see video below) that I just became aware of recently.  I really got a lift out of it as I’m sure the other 3 million plus people have who’ve already seen it and pushed the “Like” button.  It appears to be the brain-child of Matt Harding and Melissa Nixon, with Harding, who now resides in Seattle, Washington, being the face of this project.  This apparently is Harding’s latest accomplishment that is accompanied by a wonderful song that he and Alicia Lemke wrote the lyrics to.  Matt has other “Dance” videos that go back to 2006 but this recent one seems to depart from the single, corny performances of him dancing off-rhythm in exotic locations around the world to other people’s music.

In this 2012 video, Matt gets local inhabitants at each location to join him in a cadence that works well with the Alicia Lemke vocal of “Trip the Light”. (see full lyrics below)   “Dance 2012” visits some 71 locations in 52 countries, 1 aircraft carrier and a great barrier reef.

From Athens to Zürich, Afghanistan to Zimbabwe there was a shared sense of delight and commonality between the people of these cultures and this white guy from Seattle.  In countries as corrupt as Hungary and Serbia, as oppressive as North Korea and Syria, as impoverished as Haiti, Rwanda and Namibia, to those countries who have some of the highest standards of living in the world, people of every faith, almost every language and varying political view points, smiled joyously and seemed to take great pleasure in moving to the rhythm of the music.  The barriers we have all created for ourselves that keep us apart and at odds with each other way too often seem to be non-existent when the universal languages of music and dance take hold.

It is worth noting that the faces of the Syrian participants were pixellated so their identities to authorities could be shielded.  Syria is currently undergoing a revolution where the government is killing their own people to prevent a regime change held onto by the Assad family.  In the Maldives Islands, the people there are faced with losing their homes as global warming melts ice caps and glaciers around the planet, raising sea levels in such places that families who have inhabited some of these islands for centuries are now forced to relocate to higher ground on other islands.  How life altering to see that some of these people are still willing to share an aspect of humanity that heals rather than destroys life.

It seems a shame that people who can share a common bond with others around the world so easily are not the ones in leadership roles.  Instead we seem to always find ourselves governed by those who too often appeal to our baser instincts of rivalry and greedy self-interests that fosters old animosities and strengthens the corporate ownership mentality; both of which override what’s best for most people everywhere.

Harding danced with cultural tribesmen, thinly clad Caribbean show girls, wheel-chair patients and even a large sea lion at the San Diego Zoo.  These global performances in union with the theme of commonality expressed in the accompanying music is something that should be shown before the beginning of every state and national legislative assembly, the UN, corporate board meetings and especially in churches, temples, synagogues and mosques around the world to show how we all share something that brings us together rather than the messages of division too often heard in these places.

It won’t ensure world peace but it may set the mood for some to reduce the bitter narratives that seem to embroil these institutions.  If nothing else it will be a great substitute for the lengthy rhetoric that fills the room when people in leadership talk of peace and harmony while actually doing very little to accomplish it.


As a side bar note, I found myself enthralled with this video and have had an eerie feeling strike me that recalled a scene in an old sci-fi movie made during the Cold War days where human interaction of this kind could disappear almost entirely as a result of mankind’s mismanagement of our natural resources.  In the 1971 film,“The Omega Man”, the Charlton Heston character, Army doctor, Col. Robert Neville, sits isolated in his fortress home watching a film clip from the 1969 rock festival “Woodstock” after the earth’s population has been almost completely annihilated from biological warfare between China and the old Soviet Union.  Those people on the celluloid film are his only contact with a humanity that no longer exist and knows he will never see again in his lifetime.


List of locations in Video

  1. Al-Muzahmiyya, Saudi Arabia
  2. Athens, Greece
  3. Bali, Indonesia
  4. Baltimore, Md.
  5. Barcelona, Spain
  6. Beijing, China
  7. Beirut, Lebanon
  8. Belgrade, Serbia
  9. Boise, Idaho
  10. Bratislava, Slovakia
  11. Budapest, Hungary
  12. Cairo, Egypt
  13. Cambridge, Mass.
  14. Caracas, Venezuela
  15. Cleveland, Ohio
  16. Damascus, Syria
  17. Denver, Colo.
  18. Detroit, Mich.
  19. Dresden, Germany
  20. Edinburg, Scotland
  21. Erbil, Iraq
  22. Great barrier Reef, Australia
  23. Helsinki, Finland
  24. Hong Kong, China
  25. Houston, Tex.
  26. Jerusalem, Israel
  27. Kabul, Afghanistan
  28. Kalafasi, Solomon Islands
  29. Kapong, Thailand
  30. Karachi, Pakistan
  31. Kigali, Rwanda
  32. Kyoto, Japan
  33. League City, Tx.
  34. Lesedi, South Africa
  35. Lyon, France
  36. Manchester, England
  37. Maui, Hawaii
  38. Medellin, Columbia
  39. Melbourne, Australia
  40. Milan, Italy
  41. Moscow, Russia
  42. New Orleans, La.
  43. Oakland, Calif.
  44. Opuwo, Namibia
  45. Philadelphia, Pa.
  46. Poria, Papua New Guinea
  47. Port-au-Prince, Haiti
  48. Port of Spain, Trinidad
  49. Prague, Czech Republic
  50. Pyongyang, North Korea
  51. Quezon City, Phillipines
  52. Rafah, Gaza Strip
  53. Rangali Island, Maldives
  54. Robin, Island, South Africa
  55. Rome, Italy
  56. Ruwa, Zimbabwe
  57. San Diego, Calif
  58. San Jose, Costa Rica
  59. San Juan, Puerto Rico
  60. Schuykill Haven, Pa.
  61. Seatle, Washington
  62. Seville, Spain
  63. St, Petersburg, Russia
  64. Tallinn, Estonia
  65. Taoyuan City, Taiwan
  66. Terelj, Mongolia
  67. Toronto, Canada
  68. Toulon, France
  69. USS Abraham Lincoln, Pacific Ocean
  70. Vienna, Austria
  71. Zürich, Switzerland


SONG LYRICS:  Trip The Light

If all the days that come to pass
Are behind these walls
I’ll be left at the end of things
In a world kept small

Travel far from what i know
I’ll be swept away
I need to know
I can be lost and not afraid

We’re gonna trip the light
We’re gonna break the night
And we’ll see with new eyes
When we trip the light

Remember we’re lost together
Remember we’re the same
We hold the burning rhythm in our hearts
We hold the flame

We’re gonna trip the light
We’re gonna break the night
And we’ll see with new eyes
When we trip the light

We’re gonna trip the light
We’re gonna break the night
And we’ll see with new eyes
When we trip the light
Source: LYBIO.net

I’ll find my way home
On the Western wind
To a place that was once my world
Back from where I’ve been

And in the morning light I’ll remember
As the sun will rise
We are all the glowing embers
Of a distant fire

We’re gonna trip the light
We’re gonna break the night
And we’ll see with new eyes
When we trip the light

Come on and trip the light
We’re gonna break the night
And we’ll see with new eyes
We’re gonna trip the light

We’re gonna trip the light
We’re gonna break the night
And we’ll see with new eyes
When we trip the light

Music: Garry Schyman ©
Lyrics: Alicia Lemke and Matt Harding ©


4 responses to “Where the Hell is the Humanity?

  1. —- It won’t ensure world peace but it may set the mood for some to reduce the bitter narratives that seem to embroil these institutions.

    We need a lot more of this. It can take the smallest act to make big changes. We just never know.

  2. I have never been sure how it would happen, but I’ve always been sure it would–people will one day recognize that we are all sentient beings period. We will join our common interests. We will use the planet and grow food where food grows easily. We will manufacture things where that is appropriate. We will do away with all the crap, and live as we were meant to live. I am thinking that the internet may be the catalyst. who knows.

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