Katy Perry’s new hit single Chained to the Rhythm makes me very happy. It is a politically charged piece of art that touches on so many issues that despite activists best efforts are still being fought against today.
I remember in High School when we had to take a song or poem and dissect it. Say what we feel the artist was saying or how the piece touches us. I plan on continuing this tradition by dissecting works of art that speak to me.
So where do I start?
I am blessed to live in a suburban area in Canada close to a them park that I know as Paramount Canada’s Wonderland (Paramount no longer owns the park). Life is so comfortable that despite the media and news we obliviously live our lives worried about losing keys and who said they would pick up the milk “first world problems”. The name of Katy Perry’s theme park sums up how I feel about my life. Even though I’m aware, its all in the back of my mind at the end of the day because I do not experience anything first hand when it comes to racism, political disputes, bombings etc.
The greatest ride in the universe is your life. We are all the main star of our life series with supporting actors and regulars all having there own significance in our lives. And as I think about my own life and who the regular cast has been and the recurring characters I think it could have been a lot worse. I’m also reminded of one of my favourite courses in university “Intertextuality”. This term signifies the relationship between literary works. Thinking of things that are the greatest, I am reminded of Sia’s song The Greatest. In relation to being the main star of my life series, I would choose this as the opening theme:
And this is why we remain oblivious. We get side tracked in our lives and in our thoughts. We forget that there is always someone else worse off or enduring the same hardships that we do.
We are to busy riding the social media wave, liking, loving, laughing, angry that we don’t use our time wisely. The world of technology is taking away our natural experience of emotions and ultimately numbing us to the real world. I don’t like watching the news. I don’t need to watch it to know what is going on in the world. It is clear that hatred, racism, terror and so many other negative things are controlling us. We don’t think it is because in our bubble life is good and we don’t want to change that. Or life is mediocre.
Gas prices are continually on the rise and we are running out of natural resources. Global warming is a real thing and protecting nature, rainforests and animals should all be things we think about. But they are just a passing thought like the 5 minutes we see it on TV or the automatic withdrawl from our account to the charity we support. We don’t have to think about it becuase other people are. Not enough people though. We all hold our tongues.
There are people over seas fighting for us. Fighting to make the world a better place but I recall a line from a song I love Kill Em With Kindness “no war in anger was ever won.” As humans we react to situations out of anger and regret those actions. We need “to put down the weapons we fight with.”
The Dalai Lama teaches us in the Art of Happiness that we need to live through compassion. Put ourselves in the shoes of others and realize we may not truly understand why they are reacting to us in a certain way. Part of the reason why I started this blog was because of him. Living in Love is something the world does not know how to do. And I ask you readers do you know how? How to live in love? How to move past your obliviousness?
The American Dream is not a thing of the past. Many people are still living in the mindset that this is the “normal” way to live. So many people in the “minority” are subject to this way of thinking. Have you ever thought that the minority is actually privileged white people and the majority are those who are oppressed. Yet the minority has it’s hold on society through social construction. This is based on empirical thinking. It’s what we are used to. History continues to repeat itself. “So the story of man runs in a dreary circle, because he is not yet master of the earth that holds him.” – Will Durant. I don’t see the circle ever ending. We are not overcoming our weaknesses and no where close to Nietzsche’s ubermensch. And I am reminded of one of the songs from the Backstreet Boys, As Long As You Love Me. They say they don’t care what is written in your history as long as you love me. Meaning as long as you change your ways and don’t repeat your mistakes you can be with me. Growth, unconditional love, change.
Unconditional love is the hardest kind of love to give. It means that you will stick with someone for the long haul and practice forgiveness. But it’s not an easy task.
How do you forgive a nation for bombing us? How do you forgive a person for killing people? How do you justify the saying “kill or be killed”? Whey isn’t the world realizing we are destroying ourselves and our planet? Why do we never learn despite all the knowledge that the way we go about things is wrong? Why are we able to walk around as if everything is ok? “Out of site, out of mind.” is the answer in this case. Only those directly related to the issues feel the backlash and the pain. We only see it, they experience it.
The world is chained to the rhythm. They watch the news and read the paper eager for new information but most never do anything productive. As the Black Eyed Peas said: “The whole world’s addicted to the drama.”
- Vanessa Vallozzi