HBN´s indgang til artiklen er et citat fra Jyllandsposten af Christian Braad Thomsen, en af de særligt kreative personligheder, en original og speciel filmkunstner, og en heftig debattør når det stikker ham:
Jeg er lykkelig over, at tilhøre den generation, der lærte salmer i skolen, og dem vågner jeg ofte med for mit indre øre, fordi de udsiger en almen taknemmelighed over at være en del af dette liv.
Some of the ways in which choral singing makes people happy are physical, and you get them whether you're in a chorus or in a shower -- as long as you're using proper breathing techniques during that shower solo. Singing can have some of the same effects as exercise, like the release of endorphins, which give the singer an overall "lifted" feeling and are associated with stress reduction. It's also an aerobic activity, meaning it gets more oxygen into the blood for better circulation, which tends to promote a good mood. And singing necessitates deep breathing, another anxiety reducer. Deep breathing is a key to meditation and other relaxation techniques, and you can't sing well without it.
Thus, although flow always involves the use of muscle and nerve, on the on hande, and will, thought, and feelings on the other, it does make sense to differentiate a class of activities that are enjoyable because they order the mind directly, rather than through the mediation of bodily feelings. These activities are primalily symbolic in nature, in that they depend on natual languages, matematics, or somother abstract notation system lige a computer language to achieve their ordering effects in the mind. A symbolic system is like a game ind that it provides a seperate reality, a world of its own whre on can perform actions that are permitted to occur in that world, but that it would not make much sense anywhere else. In symbolic systems, the "action" i ususally restrictede to the mental manipulation of concepts.
"In reviewing the conditions that help establish order in the mind, we shall first look at the extremely mportant role of memory,..."
THE MOTHER OF SCIENCE
The Greeks personified memory as lady Menomosyne. Mother of the nine Muses, she was believed to have given birth to all the arts ande sciences. It is valid to consider memory the oldest mental skill, from which alle others derive, for, i we weren´t able to remember, we couldn´t follow the rules that make other mental operations possible. Neither logic nor poetry could wcist, and the rudiments of science would have to be rediscovered with earch new generation. (...)All forms of mental flow depend on memory, either directly or indrectly. History suggests tht the oldes way of organizing information involved recalling one´s ancestors, the line of descent that gave each person his or her identity as member of a tribe or af family.