Chem 6A

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So far I have asked you very few questions. I think it’s time the tables turn and I question you. What do you believe?
Well I believe that faith is foolish, as we have discussed previously. I believe in science and proof. If you could prove to me, beyond a doubt, that God does exist, I would believe but, as of yet, no one has been able to show me that proof.
Lets talk about faith again for a second. You think that all faith is foolish correct?
Well then, I suppose every single human is foolish.
No, not everyone believes in God.
You’re correct, not everyone does believe in God yet everyone is foolish.
What are you talking about?

Continued here. Back to the beginning.

First, I would like to apologize that this was not posted at 9 this morning. At 11 last night I realized that I had yet to write my blog and at that time I was tired so I decided to sleep because I had to be up at 6 this morning. Maybe you didn’t even notice, but if you did, I am sorry.

I started school Monday and man, am I glad to be back at school! I missed expanding my brain! What I didn’t miss was the grueling review that some classes go through before actually getting into the real material just to make sure everyone is on the same level. I guess I know why they do it but for someone like me who has already learned everything four times that is being reviewed, it’s just boring. Though, it does allow me to start off the class with good grades and minimal listening.

This semester I’ve decided to attend school full time and work full time as well. I was able to fit my four classes into two days so, it should technically all work out but the reality is that I have homework and a social life to squeeze in there as well. In a perfect world, I wouldn’t work but, as I’m sure we are all aware, this is not a prefect world and I would prefer to make it through school with as little debt as possible. So far, so good.

Anyway, lets analyze a song. Today I’d like to look at Chem 6A by Switchfoot. Whenever there is an official music video, there are always two things to discuss. The video and the song. First, lets talk about that video. When I typed in the title of the song and the artist in the YouTube search bar, the official video is what popped up first. As I watched it, I double checked, twice, that this was, indeed, the official music video. The lead singer looks extremely different but I guess this was created quite a while ago… (with an extremely quick search I was unable to find the exact date of the creation of this music video but it had to be sometime after June 17, 1997 because that is when the CD that this song is on was released but we know it had to be made in the 90’s because of the clothing and the style of the entire video. So, this video was created anywhere from 15 to as far back as 18 years ago.) Music videos have changed dramatically since this came out. A lot of times now, music videos have some kind of narrative to them even if it’s not always connected directly to the song. As far as I can tell, this video had little to no narrative to it. The reason I say little is because there is a slight hint of a friendship narrative going on there but nothing huge. But there really isn’t much to this music video so lets move on.

The song repeatedly says “I don’t want to read the book, I’ll watch the movie,” sometimes varying slightly. Even though this song was released in the 1990s it is still very true today, we, as a society, have become lazy. We search for shortcuts in just about everything. I think that this is especially true for school-aged children. I know it’s very true for myself. If there is a movie of a book that we are supposed to read for school, I know many people with just watch the movie. Now, I am exception to this because I enjoy reading. Sometimes thought, I will just use Cliff Notes if I didn’t have the time to read the actual assignment. In school I don’t think that this is a big deal but by taking shortcuts early in life we make a habit of putting in minimal effort. Where this does become a problem is in the future and the song seems to agree. We end up taking the easy way out of things like facing our fears by avoiding them. Or the song also mentions love, finding who we are, and making a difference. One thing that the song doesn’t directly mention is thinking for ourselves. It hints at it by finding out who we are. Sometimes the easiest thing to do is to follow the crowd but we need to slow down, think, and figure out who we are. When we all think and act alike we can fall into patterns that are harmful to ourselves and to others without even noticing and getting out of these habits can be difficult.

What we can learn from this song is to slow down and weigh the costs and benefits of every situation. I could read the assignment or I could watch the movie. By just watching the movie, we can miss out on key concepts that may be on the test and concepts that we need later in life. Take a moment and think about what you’re doing. Is the easy way really worth it?


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