|Am I wrong for thinking out the box from where I stay?
Am I wrong for saying that I choose another way?
|Thinking outside the box applies to so many situations where someone finds themselves the minority within a dominant world view. Believing in a spiritual reality and experiences within a world view based on the two largest belief systems is one of them. The two largest believe systems we have in this modern world is atheism on one hand and religion on the other. One tells you that you have to comply with the fundamental understanding of a main stream theology and the other tells you that you have to believe in utter physicality.|
|I ain’t trying to do what everybody else doing
Just because everybody doing what they all do
|I ain’t trying to do = it’s about breaking down traditions and strong cultural habits that are not necessarily fruitful. The verse is saying: I’m not going to do it just because other people do it. This means that the fact that the majority does something it doesn’t make it deserving of being following by everyone. What does, then? What deserves to be followed is the quality of the action in itself. Does what you claim to be good, is really good if put to the test? Does what you offer me makes sense to me and helps me live my life in a good way?|
|If one thing I know, I’ll fall but I’ll grow||The importance here is about experimenting; thus seeking the truth, our truth, what we really conceive to be the good of all. If it turned out that I’m following an illusion, then I will fall, and my fall will give me experience, and I will grow.|
|I’m walking down this road of mine, this road that I call home||This road of mine, my own life experience that no one can or has the right to walk on my behalf.|
|So am I wrong
For thinking that we could be something for real?
|Here the verses take another twist. The pronoun I the speaker becomes we. Some interpreted this as meaning the authors, both. But then the authors were writing from the beginning. Why this ‘we’ only occurred now? Because it is a common generalisation used instead of the word ‘humanity’ or ‘human being’.
To be something for real for anyone is to truly live their own lives, as a result of their own real choices, out of free will, even if this means making mistakes in the short term. So, the verse is saying here: Am I wrong to think that we (people/ human race) could become truthful to ourselves and to others by practicing our freedom of choice?
|Now am I wrong
For trying to reach the things that I can’t see?
|This verse is also what persuaded me more than anything else that this poem is not about a relationship with another human, whatever their gender, neither it is about passion in general. This verse is about reaching ideals (the things that I can’t see). It is also about comprehending the intelligible, and creating where there is no precedent. It is a triumph over the ordinary, the already known, the usual, the common, to reach a realm of originality, of individuality, of uniqueness, of true creativity.|
|But that’s just how I feel|
|Am I tripping for having a vision?||The verse is now questioning the general common sense if it is a crime to have a vision for oneself.
The use of the word ‘vision’ here elevates the self from a place of randomness, mere rebelliousness and perversity. The noun vision opens up towards the future, to present a unique and promising plan for tomorrow, in any given field.
|My prediction: Im going to be on top of the world||It’s a vision that follows common sense, and that the logical mind is able to perceive it to be extremely promising (I’m going to be on top of the world).|
|Walk, walk, don’t look back, always do what you decide
Don’t let them control your life, that’s just how I feel
|The poem here takes another turn towards theorising and preaching what has already been explained. Here, walking without looking back is an image borrowed from the bible (Genesis) where Lot and his family were ordered to walk without looking back. But in general looking back implies doubt, hesitation, uncertainty. The poem has a great understanding of what this phrase mean and has used it well. There is nothing more damaging to creativity as much as doubt, uncertainty, lack of faith or confidence, etc. So, the focus in this verse is on trusting one’s mind and understanding (what you decide) since decision is taken place in the mind, not in the emotions. Decision comes usually after careful consideration. It is usually as logical as it can be and as efficient for the doer as it ought to. So, decision making is the best human action that represents free will perfectly well. Nothing else does. Our emotions often fail to represent us well and rarely lead us to where we want to be. But at the same time, blind obedience breeds a mediocre life, too.|
|Fight for yours and don’t let go, don’t let them compare you, no||This is a strengthening message to those who want to embrace creativity and think for themselves. It’s an invitation to feel strongly about your identity as a productive individual who is worthy to think and to decide their path. This was conveyed in an image of war, of struggle between two forces; one, unjustly, wants to dominate, control and enslave, while the other is trying to break free, emancipate itself and take off. This image we see its echo in the generational war between parents and children, but it is more widespread than that and touches almost about everything.|
|Don’t worry, you’re not alone, that’s just how we feel||The verse reassures the listener that they are not on their own. This doesn’t mean necessarily that there are others who share the same potential vision that the listener may make for themselves. In fact, the vision the poem is calling for is original and unique that no one can possibly share in it. The listeners are not on their own in that there are other people who are trying to build their own vision. There are people who try to make sense of reality on their own, think for themselves and reach their own value system. These people are creators by nature and they will excel|
Tuesday, 8 November 2016 at 13:26