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Why Is this So Inspiring?

My wife had to ask me three times before I consented to watch this video, which most of the rest of America has already seen.I did watch it last night, and it almost brought me to tears of happiness. What’s more, I keep thinking: why is this so inspiring? It involves no handicapped child getting a game winning hit in a little league game. It’s just a very goofy guy doing a very goofy dance in a bunch of different places. Yet it somehow taps into a something deep — a common human impulse toward joy, which transcends nation, race or dancing skill.

Where the Hell is Matt? (2008) from Matthew Harding on Vimeo.

Did it touch you? Why?

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posted August 14, 2008 at 11:13 am

I have the same reaction.
The genius of it is how it displays how wide the world is and how beautiful its differences, while at the same showing how every people can come together for the sake of simple joy. And then the music tying all together is soaring and uplifting.
I watch it and think: we look through a glass darkly. This is a silly-and-simple-but-beautiful glimpse forward into a new Creation, the Kingdom of God.

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posted August 14, 2008 at 1:16 pm

It’s the utter joy.

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Paul, seeking joy

posted August 14, 2008 at 3:30 pm

As i was enthralled wit “So You Think You Can Dance” this summer as I am each summer, I was filled with the simple joy that what one man can do by just being a silly, happy lad.
Yes this also give my heart a rush and I think of David dancing in the temple. If we taught our children how to dance and watched as the children around the world joined in, maybe a riot of peace would break out.

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posted August 15, 2008 at 5:23 pm

It has a great innocence about it- we do not see a lot of that these days.
It does bring one to tears -perhaps it’s because if we were less fearful and more joyous the world could be so much better. Some of it is also a bit of jealousy that this young fellow gets to do all the traveling I wish I could do.
A wonderful video and very moving in its way.

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posted August 16, 2008 at 9:52 am

that is so cool! thanks for sharing

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