International Investment Markets and Guilt


International investments markets and all things are stimulated by guilt. No wonder we use the word guilt for a top quality investment.

Recent messages have been looking at how an appreciation and observation of music can help us spot future trends and international investments.

These messages said: “Music is a reflection of society and music is all about frequency. For example we can look at the music of a society and immediately learn a lot about the society. Even better we can look at the music of the youth in a society and start to draw conclusion about how they will be…in the future.

“Music has a profound impact on how a society acts. Or maybe how a society acts has a profound impact on its music. More likely it’s a bit of both. Society is the person…music the mirror.”

Merri and I love good classical music and have heard some of the best in the world in London , Vienna , Naples …even believe it or not Cotacachi.

Plus we study as well as listen to it. Right now we are enjoying The Teaching Company Course entitled “The Symphony” taught by Professor Robert Greenberg.

This is the second such course we have taken with Greenberg (we call him Bobby G) and he is a great instructor. We loved the first course, “How to Listen to and understand great Music” and spent many months studying with it. Learn more about that at the end of this note.

It just happened that his last three lessons reflected a perfect example of how music reflects social and economic change. These lessons also coincided with a note from a reader commenting on a recent message at this site about the guilt my father had from surviving the invasion of Iwo Jima .

This reader shared: “Thank you, Gary , for your very heartfelt note. I’m a Vietnam vet (1st Marine Division) and know exactly what your father’s burden was. I have had ‘survivor’s guilt’ for all of the years since my time in Vietnam , and for me every day of life that the good Lord has granted me has been an undeserved bonus. Your encouragement to us all to have an attitude of gratitude here in the Land of the Free and the Home of the Brave is so very appropriate. Thank you. Sincerely,”

Knowing that every cloud has a silver lining, this left me wondering how much good came from all this guilt that our grandfathers from WWI, fathers from WWII and Korea and brothers and sisters from Vietnam (and now our sons and daughters associates from Iraq )

Pain is a precursor to the rapid evolution we call revolution.

This thought was driven home in recent Bobby G music lessons of “The Symphony” as they showed how guilt, sadness, hardship and pain can help make the world advance.

These lessons focused on Franz Josef Hayden, Wolfgang Mozart and Ludwig van Beethoven, three musicians, some of whom composed their greatest achievements after the worst possible times in their lives.

The first revolutionary was Hayden whose long career saw the glimmerings of a shift from the aristocracy to a rising more affluent middle class.

Hayden then became a friend and guiding light to Mozart.

Here we begin to see how pain changed the world through music.

Mozart’s life was one of great personal disarray, especially near the end of his sadly short life. His finances were in such a mess he had to leave his home in Vienna and move out of the city center. His health was bad (he died within three years) and during this time he suffered the loss of his six month old daughter. In this depression Mozart wrote his three greatest symphonies including “The Jupiter” often called the “Grandfather of all C Major Symphonies.”

Yet in this most painful time Mozart created more than three great compositions. This music was the herald that called the end of a great Classic era. This music also laid the foundation for Romanticism and its great composer, Ludwig van Beethoven.

Ludwig was born in revolutionary times, just 12 years before July 14, 1789 and the storming of the Bastille, that vastly important symbolic act of middle class rebellion.

He was inspired by the personal and political empowerment that the revolution represented.

Accordingly Beethoven’s nine symphonies reflected a state of musical rebellion in numerous ways associated with the rising middle class. His music became highly personal and his original style revolutionized the symphonic genre.

Beethoven believed that self expression and originality came above all else. In the previous classic era, symphonies followed a highly structured form that all the participants knew, understood and expected. Classical era symphonies were orchestral works based around a common template of four movements. Movement one has a fast tempo with two contrasting themes. Movement two is slow, lyric and gentle. Movement three has moderate speed with a minuet form of a dancing and gracious mood. Movement four is very fast, brilliant, upbeat and leaves the listener with a smile.

This template was expected until it was blown away by Beethoven.

Yet there is more. Beethoven’s music was composed for the common man. Previously the great composers had composed for an aristocratic patron.

Beethoven, unlike his predecessors, did not repeat himself stylistically from one symphony to the next. Each symphony differed totally from the last. This shifted the symphony from being more than an aristocratic amusement.

His music was meant for repeated performances rather than one time affairs. He composed with the understanding that the listener might not understand the new style of each composition entirely the first time it was heard.

This change also dramatically reduced the volume of compositions. Beethoven produced only nine symphonies. Mozart who died at a young 35 composed 41 numbered symphonies and Franz Joseph Hayden just before Mozart composed 108!

This shift was a reflection of new ways business would begin to offer services to the common man. New products were no longer one off, but planned for repetition and perhaps even addiction.

Yet as revolutionary as it was, Beethoven’s music of Romanticism was possible only because Franz Josef Hayden and Mozart’s classicism had paved the way.

Here we see the connection between the past present and future, the relation between the image and the mirror. Did Beethoven’s music reflect the revolution or was the revolution a reflection of Hayden and Mozart’s music? Or was Hayden’s and Mozart’s music a reflection of earlier revolutions. For example, if we look back we can see influences on Hayden from Carl Bach (son of Johann Sebastian Bach) and George Wagenseil (one of the great Mannheim composers).

So it goes, the image to the mirror reflected on and spotted by the next image.

This is how we can see reflections of the future, by looking in the mirror that’s here and now but just ahead.

One great way to anticipate the future is to look for grief, guilt and pain in that mirror. For pain helps reality evolve.

We can see this in the way Beethoven’s worst times created his greatest works. After writing his 8th symphony in 1813, Beethoven’s life deteriorated, and his music fell out of favor in Vienna . His major patrons all died or were estranged. (Beethoven is said to have been a difficult man.) What was left of his hearing disintegrated and he fought a terrible custody battle over his brother’s son. Yet these terrible moments helped him shape music of a transcendental nature and resulted in his last (and many say) greatest symphony, the Ninth.

Robert Greenberg says of the Ninth: “For all the gut-wretching, soul- inspiring music we hear in the first, second and third movement, it is the fourth movement of the Ninth that changed music history and the collective concept of what constituted a symphony.”

The great French composer, Claude Debussy, expressed his belief that the symphony reached a pinnacle with Beethoven’s Ninth. All this sprang from the roots of Beethoven’s pain.

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I see this turning of dark clouds into silver linings continuously in business and investing.

Typically investors or a business try something new. Many times the idea is good, but perhaps the timing not quite right.

The learning curve is not free. The school of hard knocks does exact a tuition. The investor or business loses. Instead of learning from the loss the vow, “never again” is taken. This decision is too often taken at exactly the wrong time. The education has been paid for and now not used.

Bad memories may never be gone, but how we use and process such pain can dramatically change. Instead of guilt we can learn from bad memories and develop the three Gs, Goodness, Grit and Guts (courage might be a better word but that would spoil the three Gs wouldn’t it).

Remember these facts. We cannot change the past. We cannot see the future. We can only act in the here and now.

Yet the past, present and future are connected. We can look at any aspect of the past (music, art, business, sports, law, war and peace) and spot continual evolutions and change that brought mankind from here to there.

We can learn from and capitalize on our and society’s errors.

Plus we can see the future that is in the here and now. We can never tell what the exact future will be. We are not allowed to look in that window. Yet reflections from the past and present are images on that window pane and they do become the future.

Keep your eyes open. Accept and learn from the pain. Realize all memories, pleasant or not, contain some good if we look rather than deny.

Until next message may all your memories, music and investing be sweet.

Gary

P.S. The letter from the Viet Name Veteran above reminds me of when Merri and I took our first group of readers on a shamanic tour of Ecuador . One delegate was a MD, with a law degree and an MBAS as well, not to mention that he flew jets. One could say that he was quite an achiever, tall, strong, handsome and highly successful.

The first second evening of this tour we each had a purification from the shaman with whom we were staying and he asked each, what we wanted to achieve. This man explained to the Yatchak that he had been a flight surgeon stationed in Vietnam and never spent a night without nightmares of what he had seen.

The healer performed the ceremony on him and that night this man sobbed until early morning, telling us on awakening that he felt somehow relieved.

I believe that the doctor has enjoyed a better life since, dealing with the horrors he carried in a better way.

This is why we encourage you to attend our next shamanic mingo tour.

Shamanic ceremony at our Spring tour on Lake Cuicocha .

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