So I saw the TED talk below today:
So, I thought, are we doing that?
Of course, we, Mormons, are doing improvisational things. Even the Mormon Tabernacle Choir jumped on the Flash Mob theme, along with a number of other groups. Several BYU groups, including Divine Comedy and Laugh Out Loud.
Still, there is something perhaps a little bit different in what Charlie Todd is talking about. Its not about just imitating what others are doing–another unexpected song and dance number in a public space. Instead, it is more about not only new unexpected actions, but actions that somehow demonstrate a serendipity or randomness or beautiful senselessness.
When, years ago, the “random acts of kindness” fad spread throughout the United States, I thought it fit well with the Mormon view of life and way of doing things. But unlike Todd’s improvisational group, the Mormon practice seems to be more private and anonymous.
I don’t know that it has to be. And perhaps I just don’t know about what Mormons are doing in this area. So, if you know of some type of improvisation like this, let us know about it in the comments below.
Or, you might also brainstorm a little, and come up with some ideas of improvisational actions that might be uniquely Mormon.
[I'm posting this tonight, so that I'm not in the way of someone else posting tomorrow morning.]