Monday, January 12, 2009

The Logical Song

To me the logical song wasn’t very logical at all. It explains that when we are young life is wonderful and we learn and create and it’s “magical,” but that as we grow older we are pointed one way or another and told to act a certain way. To me this doesn’t seem like a logical thing to do at all, but unfortunately it is often reality. The world does tend to teach us a certain way to act and respond to certain things, our social norms are what society expects from us. The song outlines some of the concepts behind these norms, some of which are being clinical, intellectual, dependable and cynical.

Cynical really stood out to me in out of these ideas. We often connect being cynical as a negative trait, but after listening to the song and what it said I think we are taught to be cynical. We are taught not to just accept things as they are sometimes and to dig further in the pursuit of knowledge. This could lead to us becoming cynical about other parts of our lives such as the company we keep and other people that we are associated with.

Another thing that stood out to me in this song was when they said “won’t you sign up your name, we’d like to feel your acceptable, respectable, presentable, a vegetable.” The first three words are associated with positive characteristics in a person, but being a vegetable? Is that really something we want to sign up to be? I think the artist is trying to show that by conforming to everything we are told to do we lose our ability to think on our own and essentially become a vegetable.

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