One fellow thinks about stopping his formal education. He believes that he can get profound knowledge just with pop culture: songs, films, comics. He even will renounce serious literature.
He argues that behind what people believe it’s junk culture, there are deep parables about philosophical concepts, moral debates and psychological insightful analyses.
Maybe he is too convincing. Another debater now believes that they are the new Greek Academia; enlightening the masses with their acute commentaries about films, comics, games and songs. They are the new Socrates, Plato and Aristotle.
To make his point of quitting his formal education, saving his money in the process, the Illuminated will reference films like:
The living dead. The ambiguous ending deals with what is to be human. They shoot the black protagonist. Have they confounded him with a non human or have they considered that a black person is a beast? In the sequel, Day of the Dead, even the zombies will have some human feelings and reactions. Is it justified to kill them?
Born to be alive, Patrick Hernandez. The title is the condensation of evolutionary books like the Selfish Gene by Richard Dawkins. We are born to be alive and pass our genes to the next generation in a number of copies that ensure the survival of our DNA.
The Shoop Shoop Song (It’s in His Kiss), Cher. There are countless versions of this song, but I think Cher’s is the most popular. In a survey, it is shown that women uses the kiss to help them decide to choose his “mating partner”.
‘Mate choice and courtship in humans is complex,’ said Professor Robin Dunbar. ‘It involves a series of periods of assessments where people ask themselves “shall I carry on deeper into this relationship?” Initial attraction may include facial, body and social cues. Then assessments become more and more intimate as we go deeper into the courtship stages, and this is where kissing comes in.’
University of Oxford.
The Bad Touch, Bloodhound Gang. Even a creationist cited the lyrics in front of the U.S. House Judiciary Committee.
The Blank Slate: The Modern Denial of Human Nature
by Steven Pinker
If we aren’t part of God’s creation, just accidental products of the mutation and selection, why follow moral codes? It shows the fear of negating the “ghost in the machine”, or the concept that we are a spiritual creature born to follow a moral code. By the way, Ghost in the Machine is a Police album.
Conclusion: He convinces the rest. One of them is too excited. He believes that what they do – commenting films, songs, comics, games – converts them in Greek Philosophers reincarnated.