Unlearning

For about 3 or 4 days, I kept remembering a song vaguely. I had forgotten its name, in addition I couldn’t recollect the band. All I remembered was it was definitely a 70’s band and either the band or the song itself started with the letter “S”. I tried not to think about it, but you know, the more you don’t think about something, the more it consumes you.

So tonight, on a hunch I Googled all the 70’s bands starting with the letter “S”, hoping that it wasn’t the song which started with “S”. It took a few searches…and YES! as soon as I saw the name I recognised the band….Supertramp and their classic The Logical Song

Lyrics:
When I was young, it seemed that life was so wonderful,
A miracle, oh it was beautiful, magical.
And all the birds in the trees, well they’d be singing so happily,
Joyfully, playfully watching me.
But then they send me away to teach me how to be sensible,
Logical, responsible, practical.
And they showed me a world where I could be so dependable,
Clinical, intellectual, cynical.

There are times when all the world’s asleep,
The questions run too deep
For such a simple man.
Won’t you please, please tell me what we’ve learned
I know it sounds absurd
But please tell me who I am.

Now watch what you say or they’ll be calling you a radical,
Liberal, fanatical, criminal.
Won’t you sign up your name, we’d like to feel you’re
Acceptable, respectable, presentable, a vegetable!

At night, when all the world’s asleep,
The questions run so deep
For such a simple man.
Won’t you please, please tell me what we’ve learned
I know it sounds absurd
But please tell me who I am.

Soon as I heard this song, I had a response to this week’s Dungeon Prompts – Driven. All our basic down-to-earth values have been swept aside and we have been fed to learn to become intellectual, logical, practical, cynical…a vegetable. I feel alive when I visualise a world where we can heartily enjoy and share freely, without exchanging material values or having the need to dress appropriately or speak about what is “acceptable”. Where the spirit of togetherness, acceptance of each other, spreading the beauty of this world supercedes ambition, greed, self-centeredness and most importantly pride. We have killed the child in us.

How I wish we could unlearn it all and go back to basics….

Won’t you please, please tell me what we’ve learned
I know it sounds absurd
But please tell me who I am.

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14 thoughts on “Unlearning

  1. Having been stung by others’ characterisations of me as radical, liberal, fanatical, senseless, I have now “learnt” to be the perfect vegetable… hahaha… the joke’s on me! That reboot is beginning to sound more and more appealing… I just have to get over the critic inside of me :-)

    I am surprised that I had no recall of this song… but it goes into my favourites playlist as from today… Every time I listen, I hope to gather more and more courage!

    Thank you for the post… as you might be able to tell, I am working my way back into this treasure chest of absolute wonder and beauty. Every post is as intoxicating as the last and makes me yearn for more and more… God bless you :-)

    1. I’m glad that I was able to introduce this song to you. Well you can start unlearning to become the perfect vegetable, and just be the perfect you.

      It is such a delight to see you going through the archives. A lot of my poetry is nothing more than a reminder to myself, an admonishment, caution, advice or inspiration which I constantly need because I am always losing my way. It is an honor for me that you have found some value in what is essentially a conversation with myself. Thank you!

  2. I love this song. Have for a long time. So awesome that you posted it, allowing me to remember it once again. I even pressed the ‘watch later’ button to come back to it again.
    :-)

  3. Dear Sonya,

    This is an amazing, inspired post. I admire your positive energy, and your love of music! Sometimes a song can convey so very much. This one does.

    Many thanks for this!

    All good wishes,

    robert

  4. I totally remember that song, but would have never known the bands name. I must have heard the song countless times but never realized that the words were so deep. Maybe I would have been to young to understand them anyways, but it is a pretty awesome song. And you are right, these are worthwhile ambitions, that seem to be no where in our current world. Sad that the artistic pursuits are a subculture you have to strive to be a part of, and the spirit of togetherness is replaced by a indoctrinated ambition to be the best.

    1. Hi Sreejit,

      I have to say this song was really in the dungeons of my memories. I had no idea why I kept vaguely remembering it, like waking up from a dream you have forgotten. You know you have dreamt but it’s so vague and impossible to capture.

      There is perhaps a reason, or a premonition of why we think of certain thoughts. Your prompt was amazingly the reason in this case.

      I am happy to learn that you had heard the song. I also didn’t realize the depth of its message till now.

  5. It’s amazing your post,but maybe learning and unlearning take the same time or unlearning a tad more, won’t you please tell me which one is heavier on the scale?

    1. Hi Ranu,

      Learning is like building maybe a house or a wall with blocks. Each block is glued together by habits. Unlearning requires a lot more effort as we would have to unglue the habits formed over years. Not impossible, but only with the right intentions and awareness.

      Thank you for your thoughtful question.

  6. That song really brings me back. My sister owned the album. In an ideal world, we would co-exist in a spirit of togetherness, and find the lost child within us. We start learning adult lessons when we are very young. Some of them are good lessons. Others are not. Unlearning is not so easy. But, we can try. Lovely thoughts.

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