Monday, January 12, 2009

The Logical Song

I think that this song reflected very well on the way most of us live today. The beginning talked about when the writer was growing up and things were so easy and life seemed wonderful. I can relate to this in so many ways. When I was in elementary school it was so easy to go day to day. No matter what you were friends with everyone, there was no gossip or drama, you only fought when someone took your toy or didn't sit by you on the bus. Life in this time was 'joyful and playful' just like the writer states.

The next lines say, "Then they send me away to teach me how to be sensible, logical, responsible, practical. And they showed me a world where I could be so dependable, clinical, intellectual, cynical." I think that at one time or another everyone experiences this feeling. Parents send us off to college in hopes of their children finding a career and obtaining a solid education. To learn how to grow into responsible people. I don't think that this is completely intentional, but parents do subtly want their children to be sent off to come back wiser and smarter.

The next stanza talks about the loss of individualism appearing throughout society. We are in a constant struggle to find out who we are, and the things we have learned. It is so easy for us to go day to day and simply run through the motions and do things that we have been taught to do. Like someone mentioned in class, its like C.S Lewis' quote when he talks about us being too easily pleased. We have come to the point where we settle for little, and we let things go by and accept what everyone else is.

When the writer says, "Now watch what you say or they'll be calling you a radical, liberal, fanatical, criminal" they are relating to what we learned in 'Bulverism'. We are stuck in a constant struggle to speak what we feel and not be judged. Talking to others with different opinions leads us to always debating who is right and who is wrong, trying to get the other to take our side. We stop thinking for ourselves and start thinking and believing what others do.

I think that this song was an eye opener and slap in the face to what we are all facing today. We are lost in a constant struggle for finding who we are but can not ever find our true self due to our peers influencing us. 

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