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Paul Yang
Created by the early immigrants to Argentina,
tango reflects and expresses the nostalgia, longing
and hope of its creators...
It is like an oasis in which people can enjoy a
temporary relief from the stressful modern-day
life.
Those who think of mo...
It diminishes the human bond that united people,
shifts their attention away from common
interests to personal interests a...
Individualism, feminism, homosexualism, divorce,
same-sex marriage, single-parent family,
materialism, competition, stress...
The popularity of tango in the contemporary
world is a profound phenomenon.
We dream of a human society that is equal, fai...
A blogger wrote, “The world is like the water and
mankind is like the ink. What men do to the world
is like what the ink d...
A Facebook friend wrote, “How many American
businessmen lie in a hospital bed, after their
heart attack, before they look ...
What happened to our intelligence and sanity?
Why couldn’t we create a world that makes more
sense?
I believe this univers...
One hundred years ago, immigrants far away from
home created this dace on which they placed their
dream, a dance full of h...
More on this at yangningyuan.blogspot.com.
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The search of a dream

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Modernization is a dehumanizing process that leads mankind farther and farther away from nature and humanity.

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The search of a dream

  1. 1. Paul Yang
  2. 2. Created by the early immigrants to Argentina, tango reflects and expresses the nostalgia, longing and hope of its creators. A milonga is like a utopia, where brotherly love, fellowship, intimacy and comfort triumph over prejudice, hatred, animosity and injury, where masculinity and femininity still attract each other and bring out the best in each other, and where peace and harmony are still achieved through cooperation and accommodation, not confrontation and power struggle.
  3. 3. It is like an oasis in which people can enjoy a temporary relief from the stressful modern-day life. Those who think of modernization only as a progress do not understand its down side. In fact, it is a dehumanizing process that leads mankind farther and farther away from nature and humanity. Modern science and technology have empowered people and made individual persons increasingly self-sufficient, independent, egocentric, arrogant and aggressive.
  4. 4. It diminishes the human bond that united people, shifts their attention away from common interests to personal interests and individuality, and deprives them from the connection, cooperation and fraternity that they used to share. The mutual attachments, interdependence and care among people have faded away, gender roles are transformed, family has disintegrated, the harmony between man and nature has disappeared, the environment has suffered irreversible damage, natural resources are depleting, and societies are increasingly demoralized and polarized.
  5. 5. Individualism, feminism, homosexualism, divorce, same-sex marriage, single-parent family, materialism, competition, stress, psychological imbalance, violence, cruelty, corruption and crime grow in intensity. In short, humanity has been replaced by modernity.
  6. 6. The popularity of tango in the contemporary world is a profound phenomenon. We dream of a human society that is equal, fair, friendly, cooperative, orderly and harmonious, like a well-organized milonga, not one that is driven by self-interests and imbued with competition, hostility, injury, stress, madness and polarization. Is modernity at the cost of humanity and environment worth pursing?
  7. 7. A blogger wrote, “The world is like the water and mankind is like the ink. What men do to the world is like what the ink does to the water. With the passage of time, the ink only makes the water muddier, not clearer. Comparing to the postmodern world of today, the past is simpler, purer hence better.” A woman wrote, “in modern-day life, we are centered around our work, which demands aggression. But if we keep being aggressive in our marriage, constantly fighting for self-interests and pushing our partner to make concessions until he gives up, then such marriage can only create an unhappy person.”
  8. 8. A Facebook friend wrote, “How many American businessmen lie in a hospital bed, after their heart attack, before they look around and ask themselves, ‘How did I end up spending my life this way… working too many hours… the love of my life is a stranger, if we haven’t divorced… I missed my children growing up because I worked too much… I spent my lifetime, not with my friends, but pursuing financial security… and in the end, I ended up here?’” Indeed, modern life is like a fatal attraction that causes people to lose the essence of being human.
  9. 9. What happened to our intelligence and sanity? Why couldn’t we create a world that makes more sense? I believe this universal reflection on modern living and the nature of being human, this yearning for a balanced life and a harmonious society, is not irrelevant to the revival of tango today.
  10. 10. One hundred years ago, immigrants far away from home created this dace on which they placed their dream, a dance full of human spirit and beauty, a dance that highlights human connection, cooperation, complement and harmony. Today’s tangueros and tangueras are searching for the same dream, I believe. People who love tango has a responsibility to preserve this sanctuary for the mankind. We not only need to teach people how to dance tango, but also to teach them its ideas, because without which tango could be assimilated by the world as well.
  11. 11. More on this at yangningyuan.blogspot.com.

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