As a young college student I always enjoy having and finding new music to study to. Whether it’s on the radio or on my computer already, I personally find music of any genre as an effective way to study and/or motivate me in whatever I’m doing. While listening to the radio, a song came on that is regularly played and loved by many Americans, this song was called “All About That Bass” by Meghan Trainor. Even though I have heard this song many times and had already decidedly thought that the song itself was “okay”, I decided to analyze the lyrics of this song. Listening to this song at first sounds as if it’s about a musical preferences rather than what it really is about. What this song actually is about is that people should feel confident about themselves no matter how big or who they are. However, it does pose a sexual theme to that aspect as well. Saying that the bigger you are, the more sexual appeal you give off and therefore, people will like/love you. Even though the song itself says that you shouldn’t worry about your size, it gives people listening an excuse to be the way they are. No matter how ridiculous they may seem or what they look like. Although this is a good perspective to take on in some cases, one can’t help but think that many people will use this as an illegitimate excuse to lead an unhealthy lifestyle, whether it be physical, mental, or spiritual in order to find love. In the struggle for humankind to find their own uniqueness, it has resulted in people taking bad things and making them look good in order to show their own individualism, and perhaps be loved by someone.
People think that through their individualism, they can find love in and through the world. However, an esteemed philosopher named Hannah Arendt wrote: “Love, by its very nature, is unworldly, and it is for this reason rather than its rarity that it is not only apolitical but antipolitical, perhaps the most powerful of all antipolitical forces.” (Human Conditions). In man’s search to find love through and in the world, we forget where the ultimate love comes from. As Arendt said, love is unworldly. This is because it originates from the one who made us in his own image that we may glorify and enjoy Him. It comes from the one sacrificed his own son to save our lives that we might be with Him for eternity. “God made him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.” (1 Corinthians 5:21) We are all unique in our own way already, and we don’t need the world to love us for it to be true.
Link to song below: