Shen Yun Is a Reminder of the Bigger Picture: Business Owner

Dec 29, 2022
Shen Yun Is a Reminder of the Bigger Picture: Business Owner
Matt Bertics at the Shen Yun Performing Arts performance at the San Jose Center for the Performing Arts, on Dec. 29, 2022. (Lily Yu/The Epoch Times)

SAN JOSE, Calif.—There are plenty of distractions in our lives keeping us from seeing what is most meaningful. Matt Bertics, a business owner, expressed that after seeing Shen Yun Performing Arts—he was reminded of what is truly important.

“I think we all get caught up in our day-to-day lives, and perhaps we’re missing the bigger picture,” Mr. Bertics said after the performance at the Center for the Performing Arts, on Dec. 29.

“Sometimes I think we put too much value in today’s science and not enough in faith.”

Shen Yun is based in New York, but its dances tell stories that come from China’s 5,000 years of history, often depicting tales of traditional values like loyalty, filial piety, and humility.

“Before science got in the way, and materialism and commercialism, there was a virtue from the past that we need to carry with us as we go forward,” Mr. Bertics said.

“Remember what’s truly important; friendship and love and compassion, and kindness for all,” he added. “And maybe there’s a deeper mission for us all.”

Beauty and Hope

The artists of Shen Yun have dedicated years to honing and perfecting their art. The result is a performance that emanates beauty and hope.

“I appreciate people who are willing to put forth their artistic form to send a message. I think it’s very valuable in society, whether it’s authors or dancers or musicians,” Mr. Bertics said.

He stressed that Shen Yun is comprised of “people who are wanting to do this in their lives, and hopefully to bring a message of hope and goodwill for everybody.”

Mr. Bertics also described his views on the United States today and how Shen Yun could be a good reminder of past values.

“We know here in the U.S. that we’re so divided, and I think the world does not need to be that way. So the question is, how do we get away from this division? And how do we find a common goal and a common good while maintaining our individuality?” he questioned.

He found his answer in Shen Yun’s depiction of “the past and these historic traditions, I think help remind us of that.”

“I think that’s a very valuable show. I think the message is very good. And hopefully, we all take small steps towards being a better world.”

Reporting by Lily Yu and Maria Han.
The Epoch Times is a proud sponsor of Shen Yun Performing Arts. We have covered audience reactions since Shen Yun’s inception in 2006.
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