The Boy in an Old Man’s Body

For some reason (while at the computer), I decided to listen to Beethoven’s 9th. I know this music from early childhood while sitting with my oldest brother, Peter, listening to the classical records he collected. I could have been five or less, but I clearly remember that he wanted me to listen with him whenever he bought a new record. I owe him much for that and more.

Beethoven and classical music, in general, have played a significant role in my life. It began with my brother, Pete, and continued well into my life. Listening today brought tears to our eyes. I write “our” because Lenette heard the music, came into the office, and saw me sitting back and conducting with a pencil. She cried, and I teared up too because this is what I used to do all the time… And life goes on.

I’ve written of the serendipitous moment on Okinawa when I cast a shadow on the tent of our company’s captain. Beethoven’s music drew me from my guard station to listen to a quartet he was playing on a wind-up record player. He, and that moment, contributed to changing the path I was walking—and it was an extraordinary change.

Back to the 9th Symphony. In my opinion, Beethoven wrote this monumental music for the world and not just for the Germanic people. It is literally an “Ode To Man” everywhere. It goes beyond genius in both the music and words. The 9th moves me to tears as it brings to mind the condition of our world today.

I grieve for the young of our world. I feel that technology alone does not hold the answer to what is and what will be. Those of the opposite opinion overlook the importance of dialogue. Are meaningful relationships possible without dialogue? I think not. Any other way of communicating is so much less than dialogue. If that is the case, COMMUNICATION REMAINS THE PROBLEM TO THE ANSWER.


Author: Sy Ogulnick

Sy Ogulnick received a BA from UCLA, Teacher’s Credential from Los Angeles Board of Education and completed phase I (Master’s portion) in a Doctor of Behavioral Science program at California Coast University. Sy leased and operated a summer day camp in LA. He and his wife then purchased virgin wilderness land in Northern CA, where they built and operated a coed summer camp. They moved to Las Vegas, NV, and purchased, built and operated a community children’s program for families staying in a major resort casino in Las Vegas. They have created programs for children nationwide that employed many people and in the process developed successful training programs for personnel. This led Sy to lecture on how to train staff and the creating of community within the workplace. Sy was then invited to speak at professional conferences on how best to hire and train employees, which led to his becoming a consultant in the art of improving relationships in a work environment and eventually to his epiphany that “Leaders are the primary problem and the answer to the personnel issues that arise in the workplace.” Sy has written numerous papers on the subject of interpersonal relationships, leadership and power. He has lectured throughout the United States, has been interviewed by the media and has appeared on many radio and TV talk shows

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