Re: Emotion or Reason?
Posted: May 30th, 2015, 11:08 pm
It makes the plant and animal world go around, so the very large chunk of animal within us thinks it's what makes the entire human world go around. What really makes the human world go around is learning and discovery, though admittedly much of that too can probably be ultimately traced back to sex and reproductive instincts. It's true there's no escaping our natural heritage, but it would also be nice not to dwell on it so much!3uGH7D4MLj wrote:You are throwing out 90% of what powers our culture, oh the babies, oh the bathwater! The humanity! Can you tone it down a bit, I'm getting misty. The strongest reading is the one which opens the most paths of understanding. But don't ask me why that popped out exactly then.
I remember watching an interview with an old-time jazz blues musician, can't remember who but he said, talking about the boy-meets-girl business, "it makes the world go round." Made me rethink.
So much has become formulaic and meaningless. The lyrics become placeholders for the same message - over and over, like brainwashing:
I would like to form a relationship or engage in casual sex with you. It may or may not get freaky. I feel highly bonded to you, perhaps moreso than previously. It is a surprising and pleasing sensation. Once bonded, if that bond breaks I may not be able to carry on. Or I may carry on sadly. Or I will move on and screw you. After the bond is broken, even temporarily, I may be resentful and say bad things about you and impugn your character, or worse. However, I may later regret this and start to miss you and want you back. If we bond again we will remain bonded forever and nothing will break those bonds. I have decided this and you have no choice in the matter.
Have I missed any? This would seem to largely encapsulate the themes and sentiments of popular music in the last century, played out over and over in endless permutations.
Music and art are examples where great poignancy is available without words, the wordlessness to me, being a more pure expression:
In each case the expression is emotional, but lent eloquence by the intellect and a passion for forms.