Passengers “Let her Go’

Let Her Go, by Verily Passenger is a song about himself, and the regret and remorse that he feels after breaking up with his girlfriend, realizing the value and purpose she had in his life now that she is no longer in it. The speakers audience in this piece is us, the listener, cautioning us to value all that we hold dear, and not recognize this value after we lose something.

Well, you only need the light when it’s burning low
Only miss the sun when it starts to snow
Only know you love her when you let her go

Verily Passenger expresses his remorse by comparing losing her to the changing of the seasons and the change from night to day, or just a candle burning out. Comparing the change in his lifestyle to something as dramatic as the seasons changing ques the listener in (and probably his ex too) how important she was to his day to day, and as we make changes in our lives when the seasons change, his life most definitely underwent great change.

Well, you see her when you fall asleep
But never to touch and never to keep
‘Cause you loved her too much, and you dived too deep…You see her when you close your eyes
Maybe one day, you’ll understand why
Everything you touch surely dies

Verily obviously believes that the end of the relationship was his doing, using phrases “everything you touch surely dies” makes him seem like a plague or ailment, unable to help and only causing pain and despair. Additionally, his line where he “dived too deep” insinuates that he may has lost his girlfriend when he tried to take their relationship to the next level, which she wasn’t ready for.

Overall, the theme of aching loss in this song can be translated over a plethora of other things despite the artist writing it about his girlfriend. Loss is universal so can be applied universally, and as this song is about wallowing in loss and not finding a way to change it, listen to something else if you want to be proactive about losing something.

Is Meursault actually happy??

In Albert Camus’ novel, The Stranger The central theme is express heavily through the nihilism of Meursault the main character, who believe that accepting that life is meaningless due to the randomness of the universe is how one unlocks true peace and happiness. However, unless he is with Marie, he never seems happy.

Throughout the book, Meursault is a monotone, carefree individual who really cares about anyone, including himself. I mean, he probably wouldn’t have killed someone if he was thinking about the repercussions. Only during his physical relationship with Marie does he seem to find enjoyment in anything, and he doesn’t seem to like talking to her. Her physicals traits are the only part of her mentioned, so we know literally nothing and what type of person she is, not even when her birthday is or what’s her favorite food, or just something basic. Even when he was in jail and wanted to feel a women body, even said that he never thought of Marie in particular and that any women would suffice(77). I know that this guy is beyond weird, but he never finds anything but her enjoyable, not even the fact that he has found this secret that no one else knows. I just have to question if the way that he lived is worth it.

Hypocrisy, and Destruction of Binaries

In The Secret Woman, The main character a doctor lies about going to a ball to his wife Irene. Although his purpose in unknown, we can assume he is there most likely to cheat on his wife, a concept and idea that leave him with no qualms or guilt, except he refuses to remove his costume for fear of recognition. As seen in the story due to his assumption that as a man, he is the dominant member of their marriage binary, and such things don’t matter to him. However, he runs into his wife later on, who also said that she wasn’t attending, makes no such effort to conceal herself or shows no shame mingling freely between different groups of people. Her husband, despite being on the dominant side of the MALE/female binary, is still fearful and refuses to expose himself to others while his wife, is free to do as she pleases, when in his eyes she should be in his position. As previously mentioned, his actions at the beginning of the story receive no hostile language or tone, Irene is compared to various animals as her freedom to be with who she choses is considered monstrous.

Application and Anti-thesis of Benjamin’s theory

Benjamin’s argument about ‘mutual recognition is valid and applicable especially as we continue to develop and grow as we age while freud believes that we only see in black and white and identify others by their differences and not their similarities, which causes division and prevents unity.

Our relationship with our parents is a great example of mutual recognition at play, especially in the stage of life we are in right now and beyond, as we are neither children nor adults. Due to this, the original adult/child or parent/child relationships that Freud believes in are being shattered as are parents are able to see and recognize us as nearly equal human beings with our own agendas and preferences. Benjamin’s Theory of humans psychology and human behavior is extremely enlightening and encouraging to groups who are in the submissive role of a relationship by giving them agency and making them realize that their current position is the result of them giving up the equal standing that they once held.

I believe that the theory for the most part is accurate but there are some relationships that don’t really fit. African slaves and their masters for example, or white colonists and native Americans because they never had equal standing due to guns and more advanced weapons giving the colonists and major power advantage that they exploited against the native peoples. However this is  a truly enlightening theory and, if applied correctly could revolutionize human history and culture. Although the requirements for this line of thinking are heavy and neither group of people may not want to give or take what they have, this application of recognizing others could revolutionize humanity.