3 Different Songs With Extracted Wisdom

3 Different Songs With Extracted Wisdom


Hello audience, and welcome to another post; a post which however is going to be different from what I usually provide here on Philosocom, mainly because exhaustion has hit me again, intensively this time, disabling me from being productive like I want to be as a philosopher.

However, I did came out with an idea for an article you might find enriching to both your musical knowledge and to your contemplations. This will be a list of music I like that I also find philosophical, that I'd like to share with you. I hope you will enjoy this list, both musically and intellectually. Hereby 3 songs we could learn from on the wider scale of things:

1. The Ship's Going Down - Voltaire


Death is largely undesirable, even to those who had enough with life. This is why acts such as suicide were but attempts - they ended in failure because the attempters were to afraid to die, because death usually means to things: life-taking pain and the unknown whom we might permanently find ourselves in. Nonetheless, death is often romanticized by ways we might be too afraid to genuinely admit they do; deaths of those who are considered national heroes, heartbroken men and women who found the pain of heartbreak be too overwhelming to endure, life-long sentences of convicts that might not be able to see the light of day and so forth.

Voltaire's song (The modern Voltaire, not the one from a few centuries ago) celebrated death in a song where a huge hole on a ship has allegedly marked the inevitable doom of its crew, and instead of struggling for life, the crew has accepted the end of their lives by drowning, in a form of collective suicide.

In the final verse, the only life-preserving crew member attempted swimming away for his life by grabbing a raft, only to be knocked out by the singing crewman, all in the glory of purely dying together.

This shows us something important about conformity: That it can often glorify an idea at the cost of reaching masochism. In Hebrew we have the term, "As sheep to the Slaughterhouse", and indeed unfortunately conformity could lead its individuals to devastating consenquences, whether the end result has been ultimately worth it.

Therefore, should you consciously conform, remember that following an idea could often be counter-productive to your own survival. Consider whether your sacrifice truly worth it, for it could be a waste and thus, an evitable misfortune.


2. Melancholy My Love - Hemi Rodner (In Hebrew)

This is a most crucial song in these times of physical and, often, social isolation, since the COVID-19 outbreak. For non-Hebrew speakers, this is basically a story that takes over a day, where the protagonist finds himself agonized over his inability to attract good looking women for love, intimacy and marriage, while his only true company is his deep, intensive emotion of melancholy; a companion so dominant, the singer describes it as his only "love", "wife", even. Failing at even interacting with the women of the External World, he leaves for his home; his melancholy being his wife, sadness his atmosphere, and sweetness, his blanket.

The reason I decided to add this song to this list is because of a question I was asked once: can one be alone while watching T.V?

And this is what I have to answer: We can manage and even prosper within a life of relative or even major solitude, even within the company of other objects, other so called "entities" that we interact with, even if they are not other people, AKA, "actual" company, as definitely  presented in Rodner's song. Those who claim that a solitary life is one of nothingness, are technically far from the truth. Whether a positive or negative experience, solitude can still be felt as if it is the company of any person you interact with. We do not live in complete void, and no attempt should be made just for solitude to be reached, for the path of solitude can be much simple, and shorter, we may believe it is.


And finally,

3. The Imperial March - John Williams

Next to the "Happy Birthday" song, Williams' Imperial March is likely one of the most recognizable songs on Earth, commonly used to describe the concept of evil, a critique of an over-militarized regime, or mockery of the nerdy. However, less is taken to account the possibility that this is first and foremost a tragic song, lamenting the metaphorical death of Anakin Skywalker, and his descension to "the Dark Side", a state of being that is fuelled by hatred, rage, passion, grief and vengeance; a state that also consumes the entity's life force like a vampire, and often leaves a permanent effect like the Mark of Kaine. This is not about being "edgy", it is like a funeral march of the life before the descension into moral darkness and constant suffering due to whatever motive caused said descension. In Darth Vader's case, it was the death of his wife and his defeat to his former master, that caused him to be one of the strongest, yet pain-feeling, beings in the galaxy at the time.

Thus, before you consider something or someone to be evil by default, like Darth Vader and his well-known theme song, consider giving them the benefit of the doubt, that they are not necessarily evil, AKA, malicious, for they could have something deeper which serves as their motive, even if you don't know for sure, or at all, of said motive. Take it to a competitor, an annoying neighbour, a rude driver and so forth. The cover of a book is often insufficient to the determination of its content.

Thank you very much for taking the time to read this longer-than-usual article, and I hope it has contributed to you in some way or another. At least remember the following: theoretically, everything can contain learnable wisdom, as long as we contemplate enough.

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