S3 Int2 ‘Human Condition’ Task

The age of man is over
A darkness comes at dawn
These lessons that we’ve learned here
Have only just begun”

‘The Human Condition’ is a phrase that is used widely in the study of Religion & Philosophy. Today we will have a think about what it means and try to work out what 30 seconds to mars are suggesting about it.

For homework you will need to find another song which offers something in this area as well as an answer unpacking what you think the writer is saying. Best of luck.

Remember ‘prove it from the text’ just like you would in English.

21 thoughts on “S3 Int2 ‘Human Condition’ Task

  1. Man in the Mirror
    Michael Jackson

    At the start of the song it talks about changing things to make them better. It talks about homeless children and then says “who am i to be blind, pretending not to see their needs.” It is saying that most humans will just pretend not to see the suffering in the world, or shy away from it so they do not have to actively do something. It feels safer just to cacoon yourself into your own bubble and not bother about people in need. The line about: if you want to make a change start with the man in the mirror, is talking about yourself. Don’t just expect someone else to do it, or blame it on someone else. The message of the song is that if you want to make the world a better place then start with changing yourself, don’t be selfish.

    The human condition in this song is about “standing up”, and actively making a change to make the world a happier place. Humans are prone to feeling other peoples problems are not related to them. When actually making their lifes better will happen by changing your own. Don’t ask other people to change, ask yourself. Don’t be blind.

  2. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JUmupxl-IGM

    Forced conversation, hidden agenda,
    You think we’re stupid, how dare you!
    The rug has not been pulled over our eyes you fool,
    We can see right through.

    Tip-toeing villain, eyes in the ceiling,
    Your false intentions have worn thin
    But we’ve been in your room, and in your closet too,
    We’ve got one on you!

    Lies make it better
    Lies are forever
    Lies to go home to
    Lies to wake up to
    Lies from the altar
    Lies make you falter
    Lies keep your mouth fed
    Lies till your death bed lies

    Inside an office a fallen angel,
    A smiling Buddha with snake eyes,
    Creates the latest trends, and I just can’t pretend,
    Don’t call me your friend!
    When all these

    Lies make it better
    Lies are forever
    Lies to go home to
    Lies to wake up to
    Lies from the altar
    Lies make you falter
    Lies keep your mouth fed
    Lies till your death bed

    Lies, they make it better
    Lies, they are forever
    Lies to go home to
    Lies to wake up to
    Lies from the altar
    Lies make you falter
    Lies keep your mouth fed
    Lies till your death bed… lies!

    Lies will come back to haunt you…
    Bullet-proof your limousine
    Lies will come back to haunt you…
    Hit and run a broken dream!

    Lies make it better
    Lies are forever
    Lies to go home to
    Lies to wake up to
    Lies from the altar
    Lies make you falter
    Lies keep your mouth fed
    Lies till your death bed

    c

    This song says that lying is a part of human nature(as everybody tells them) and that, that will never change and that’s not necessarily a bad thing. This is shown by the chorus “Lies, they make it better
    Lies, they are forever
    Lies to go home to
    Lies to wake up to
    Lies from the altar
    Lies that make you falter
    Lies keep your mouth fed
    Lies till your death bed
    Lies”.

  3. Hurricane, 30 seconds to mars

    No matter how many times that you told me you wanted to leave
    No matter how many breaths that you took, you still couldn’t breathe
    No matter how many nights that you lie wide awake to the sound of the poison rain
    Where did you go? Where did you go? Where did you go?
    As days go by, the night’s on fire

    Tell me would you kill to save a life?
    Tell me would you kill to prove you’re right?
    Crash, crash, burn, let it all burn
    This hurricane’s chasing us all underground

    No matter how many deaths that I die I will never forget
    No matter how many lives I live, I will never regret
    There is a fire inside of this heart in a riot about to explode into flames
    Where is your god? Where is your god? Where is your god?

    Do you really want?
    Do you really want me?
    Do you really want me dead?
    Or alive to torture for my sins?

    Do you really want?
    Do you really want me?
    Do you really want me dead?
    Or alive to live the lie?

    Tell me would you kill to save a life?
    Tell me would you kill to prove you’re right?
    Crash, crash, burn, let it all burn
    This hurricane’s chasing us all underground

    The promises we made were not enough
    The prayer that we prayed were like a drug
    The secrets that we sold were never known
    The love we had the love had we had to let it go.

    Tell me would you kill to save a life?
    Tell me would you kill to prove you’re right?
    Crash, crash, burn, let it all burn
    This hurricane’s chasing us all underground

    Do you really want?
    Do you really want me?
    Do you really want me dead?
    Or alive to torture for my sins?

    Do you really want?
    Do you really want me?
    Do you really want me dead?
    Or alive to live the lie?

  4. Song- Fake Plastic Trees by Radiohead

    Her green plastic watering can
    For her fake Chinese rubber plant
    In the fake plastic earth
    That she bought from a rubber man
    In a town full of rubber plans
    To get rid of itself
    It wears her out, it wears her out
    It wears her out, it wears her out

    She lives with a broken man
    A cracked polystyrene man
    Who just crumbles and burns
    He used to do surgery
    For girls in the eighties
    But gravity always wins
    And it wears him out, it wears him out
    It wears him out, it wears…

    She looks like the real thing
    She tastes like the real thing
    My fake plastic love
    But I can’t help the feeling
    I could blow through the ceiling
    If I just turn and run
    And it wears me out, it wears me out
    It wears me out, it wears me out

    If I could be who you wanted
    If I could be who you wanted
    All the time, all the time

    This song is saying that humans fake nature to make life easier and better but nature wins in the end:
    ‘A cracked polystyrene man
    Who just crumbles and burns’
    Plastic (un-natural stuff) just burns and gets destroyed.
    ‘He used to do (plastic) surgery
    For girls in the eighties
    But gravity always wins’
    He used to try and make girls look better but gravity (nature) wins.
    Humans try to make everything easier for themselves as part of their nature, but when they make it artificial they can’t see that nature will win.

  5. There’s a still in the street outside your window
    You’re keepin’ secrets on your pillow
    Let me inside, no cause for alarm
    I promise tonight not to do no harm
    I promise you babe,I won’t be no harm

    And we’re caught up in the crossfire
    A heaven and hell
    And were searching for shelter
    Lay your body down…

    Watching your dress as you turn down the light
    I forget all about the storm outside
    Dark clouds roll their way over town
    Heartache and pain came pouring down like
    Hail, sleet and rain, yeah
    They’re handing it out

    And we’re caught up in the crossfire
    Heaven and hell
    And were searching for shelter
    Lay your body down…

    Tell the devil that he can go back from where he came
    His fire he airs all through their beating vein.
    And when the hardest part is over we’ll be here
    And our dreams will break the boundaries of our fears
    Boundaries of our fears

    Lay your body down(6x)

    Next to mine….

    This song is all about how there is a constant battle of good and evil and how we a caught up in the middle of it. The explaination of the human condition here is quite a good one and is a good metaphore. Nobody in the world can just be good or bad, we all do good and bad things. The crossfire that is mentioned are not actual weapons but are actions. One day you may be hit by a handful of good actions the next day bad ones.

  6. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o9tJW9MDs2M
    Ohh Ohh Ohh .. and I pray
    I just cant sleep tonight.
    Knowing that things aint right.
    Its in the papers, its on the tv, its everywhere that I go.
    Children are crying.
    Soldiers are dying
    Some people don’t have a home
    But I know there’s sunshine behind that rain
    I know there’s good times behind that pain, hey
    Can you tell me how I can make a change
    I close my eyes and I can see a better day
    I close my eyes and pray
    I close my eyes and I can see a better day
    I close my eyes and pray

    I lose my appetite, knowing kids starve tonight.
    And when I sit up, cause my dinner is still on my plate.
    Ooo I got a vision, to make a difference.
    And its starting today.

    Cause I know there’s sunshine behind that rain
    I know there’s good times behind that pain, hey

    Haven`t tell me how I can make a change
    I close my eyes and I can see a better day
    I close my eyes and pray
    I close my eyes and I can see a better day

    I close my eyes and pray
    For the broken-hearted.
    I pray for the life not started
    I pray for all the ones not breathing.
    I pray for all the souls in need.
    I pray. Can you give em one today.
    I just cant sleep tonight
    Can someone tell how to make a change?

    I close my eyes and I can see a better day
    I close my eyes and pray
    I close my eyes and I can see a better day
    I close my eyes and I pray

    I pray ..

    I close my eyes and pray .

  7. he Killers- Human

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RIZdjT1472Y

    did my best to notice
    When the call came down the line
    Up to the platform of surrender
    I was brought but I was kind
    And sometimes I get nervous
    When I see an open door
    Close your eyes
    Clear your heart…
    Cut the cord

    Are we human?
    Or are we dancer?
    My sign is vital
    My hands are cold
    And I’m on my knees
    Looking for the answer
    Are we human?
    Or are we dancer?

    Pay my respects to grace and virtue
    Send my condolences to good
    Give my regards to soul and romance,
    They always did the best they could
    And so long to devotion
    You taught me everything I know
    Wave goodbye
    Wish me well..
    You’ve gotta let me go

    Are we human?
    Or are we dancer?
    My sign is vital
    My hands are cold
    And I’m on my knees
    Looking for the answer
    Are we human?
    Or are we dancer?

    Will your system be alright
    When you dream of home tonight?
    There is no message we’re receiving
    Let me know is your heart still beating

    Are we human?
    Or are we dancer?
    My sign is vital
    My hands are cold
    And I’m on my knees
    Looking for the answer

    You’ve gotta let me know

    Are we human?
    Or are we dancer?
    My sign is vital
    My hands are cold
    And I’m on my knees
    Looking for the answer
    Are we human
    Or are we dancer?

    Are we human?
    Or are we dancer?

    Are we human
    Or are we dancer?

  8. one tribe – Black eyed peas

    This song is about peace and unity. How it doesn’t matter about your race, colour, where you are from.

    “don’t need no leader
    That’s gonna force feed a
    Concept that make me think I need to
    Fear my brother and fear my sister
    And shoot my neighbor
    with my big missile”

    Means basically there are leaders from every country who try to tell their country that something is wrong or that they need to support a war etc. We don’t need to listen to everything as if we think it is wrong you should not go along with it.

    “it’s all one blood, don’t care about your face
    The color of your eye
    Or the tone of your skin
    Don’t care where you are
    Don’t care where you been”

    Means we are all human no matter how you look or what you have done, Don’t care where you are, Don’t care where you been, means that whatever you have done good or bad everyone needs to unite together.

  9. What’s wrong with the world, mama
    People livin’ like they ain’t got no mamas
    I think the whole world addicted to the drama
    Only attracted to things that’ll bring you trauma
    Overseas, yeah, we try to stop terrorism
    But we still got terrorists here livin’
    In the USA, the big CIA
    The Bloods and The Crips and the KKK
    But if you only have love for your own race
    Then you only leave space to discriminate
    And to discriminate only generates hate
    And when you hate then you’re bound to get irate, yeah
    Madness is what you demonstrate
    And that’s exactly how anger works and operates
    Man, you gotta have love just to set it straight
    Take control of your mind and meditate
    Let your soul gravitate to the love, y’all, y’all

    People killin’, people dyin’
    Children hurt and you hear them cryin’
    Can you practice what you preach
    And would you turn the other cheek

    Father, Father, Father help us
    Send us some guidance from above
    ‘Cause people got me, got me questionin’
    Where is the love (Love)

    Where is the love (The love)
    Where is the love (The love)
    Where is the love
    The love, the love

    It just ain’t the same, always unchanged
    New days are strange, is the world insane
    If love and peace is so strong
    Why are there pieces of love that don’t belong
    Nations droppin’ bombs
    Chemical gasses fillin’ lungs of little ones
    With ongoin’ sufferin’ as the youth die young
    So ask yourself is the lovin’ really gone
    So I could ask myself really what is goin’ wrong
    In this world that we livin’ in people keep on givin’
    in
    Makin’ wrong decisions, only visions of them dividends
    Not respectin’ each other, deny thy brother
    A war is goin’ on but the reason’s undercover
    The truth is kept secret, it’s swept under the rug
    If you never know truth then you never know love
    Where’s the love, y’all, come on (I don’t know)
    Where’s the truth, y’all, come on (I don’t know)
    Where’s the love, y’all

    People killin’, people dyin’
    Children hurt and you hear them cryin’
    Can you practice what you preach
    And would you turn the other cheek

    Father, Father, Father help us
    Send us some guidance from above
    ‘Cause people got me, got me questionin’
    Where is the love (Love)

    Where is the love (The love)
    Where is the love (The love)
    Where is the love
    The love, the love

    I feel the weight of the world on my shoulder
    As I’m gettin’ older, y’all, people gets colder
    Most of us only care about money makin’
    Selfishness got us followin’ our wrong direction
    Wrong information always shown by the media
    Negative images is the main criteria
    Infecting the young minds faster than bacteria
    Kids wanna act like what they see in the cinema
    Yo’, whatever happened to the values of humanity
    Whatever happened to the fairness in equality
    Instead in spreading love we spreading animosity
    Lack of understanding, leading lives away from unity
    That’s the reason why sometimes I’m feelin’ under
    That’s the reason why sometimes I’m feelin’ down
    There’s no wonder why sometimes I’m feelin’ under
    Gotta keep my faith alive till love is found

    People killin’, people dyin’
    Children hurt and you hear them cryin’
    Can you practice what you preach
    And would you turn the other cheek

    Father, Father, Father help us
    Send us some guidance from above
    ‘Cause people got me, got me questionin’
    Where is the love (Love)

    Where is the love (The love)
    Where is the love (The love)
    Where is the love (The love)

    Where is the love (The love)
    Where is the love (The love)
    Where is the love (The love)

    – I think this song relates to the human condition as describes some of the bad things that occur in the world everyday. It then asks why there is so much love in the world yet why the world is not peaceful. `people say they are going to keep their word, however the song suggests that they don’t, with consequences.

  10. When I was 7
    They said I was strange
    I noticed that my eyes and hair weren’t the same
    I asked my parents if I was OK
    They said you’re more beautiful
    And that’s the way they show they wish
    They had your smile
    So my confidence was up for a while
    I got real comfortable with my own style
    I knew that they were only jealous cos

    People are all the same
    And we only get judged by what we do
    My personality reflects me
    And if I’m ugly then
    So are you
    So are you

    There was a time when I felt like I cared
    That I was shorter than everyone there
    People made me feel like life was unfair
    And I did things that made me ashamed
    Cos I didn’t know my body would change
    I grew taller than them in more ways
    But there will always be the one who will say
    Something bad to make them feel great

    People are all the same
    And we only get judged by what we do
    My personality reflects me
    And if I’m ugly then
    So are you
    So are you

    People are all the same
    And we only get judged by what we do
    My personality reflects me
    And if I’m ugly then
    So are you
    So are you

    Everybody talks bad about somebody
    And never realises how it affects somebody
    And you bet it won’t be forgotten
    Envy is the only thing it could be

    Cos people are all the same
    (The same, the same)
    And we only get judged by what we do
    (What we do, yeah, yeah)
    My personality reflects me
    And if I’m ugly then
    (Yeah, you)
    So are you
    So are you

    People are all the same
    (Oh, oh, oh)
    And we only get judged by what we do
    (What we do, yeah)
    My personality reflects me
    And if I’m ugly then
    (Yeah, so are you)
    So are you
    So are you

    This song relates to the human condition by talking about equality and how people can only be defined by their personality and who they are on the inside and that looks don’t really matter that much, nobody’s really ugly on the outside.

  11. Blck Eyed Peas – Where Is the love?

    People killin’, people dyin’
    Children hurt and you hear them cryin’
    Can you practice what you preach
    And would you turn the other cheek

    Father, Father, Father help us
    Send some guidance from above
    ‘Cause people got me, got me questionin’
    Where is the love (Love)

    Where is the love (The love)
    Where is the love (The love)
    Where is the love (The love)
    Where is the love (The love)
    Where is the love, the love, the love?

    I feel the weight of the world on my shoulder
    As I’m gettin’ older, y’all, people gets colder
    Most of us only care about money makin’
    Selfishness got us followin’ our wrong direction
    Wrong information always shown by the media
    Negative images is the main criteria
    Infecting the young minds faster than bacteria
    Kids wanna act like what they see in the cinema
    Yo’, whatever happened to the values of humanity
    Whatever happened to the fairness in equality
    Instead of spreading love we’re spreading animosity
    Lack of understanding, leading lives away from unity
    That’s the reason why sometimes I’m feelin’ under
    That’s the reason why sometimes I’m feelin’ down
    There’s no wonder why sometimes I’m feelin’ under
    Gotta keep my faith alive till love is found
    Now ask yourself

    Where is the love?
    Where is the love?
    Where is the love?
    Where is the love?

  12. Beautiful by Christina Aguilera 

    Every day is so wonderful
    And suddenly, I saw debris
    Now and then, I get insecure
    From all the pain, I’m so ashamed

    I am beautiful no matter what they say
    Words can’t bring me down
    I am beautiful in every single way
    Yes, words can’t bring me down
    So don’t you bring me down today

    To all your friends, you’re delirious
    So consumed in all your doom
    Trying hard to fill the emptiness
    The piece is gone left the puzzle undone
    That’s the way it is

    You are beautiful no matter what they say
    Words can’t bring you down
    You are beautiful in every single way
    Yes, words can’t bring you down
    Don’t you bring me down today…

    No matter what we do
    (no matter what we do)
    No matter what they say
    (no matter what they say)
    When the sun is shining through
    Then the clouds won’t stay

    And everywhere we go
    (everywhere we go)
    The sun won’t always shine
    (sun won’t always shine)
    But tomorrow will find a way
    All the other times

    ’cause we are beautiful no matter what they say
    Yes, words won’t bring us down, oh no
    We are beautiful in every single way
    Yes, words can’t bring us down
    Don’t you bring me down today

    Don’t you bring me down today
    Don’t you bring me down today

    I think this song is saying that it is OK to be different and to be an individual. You don’t have to be perfect, which is what we, as humans, seem to think you should be. No matter what people tell you it is a good thing to be yourself. You shouldn’t listen to what people say about you, and you shoudn’t be scared of what people think of you, because , no matter how bad things get, it will get better, “tomorrow will find a way”. We are individual, which is one of the best things about being human, which is what I think this song is saying.

  13. No Love by Eminem

    This song illustrates several ‘Human conditions’ the need to be wanted/loved/acknowledged, but equally the emotion of fear/being threatened by someone who is different.

  14. Black Eyed Peas-Where Is The Love

    “But if you only have love for your own race, then you only leave space to discriminate and to discriminate only generates hate and when you hate then you’re bound to get irate. Madness is what you demonstrate ad that’s exactly how anger works and operates.”

  15. Gloria by U2

    I try to sing this song
    I…I try to stand up
    But I can’t find my feet
    I try, I try to speak up
    But only in you I’m complete

    Gloria…in te domine
    Gloria…exultate
    Gloria…Gloria
    Oh Lord, loosen my lips

    I try to sing this song
    I…I try to get in
    But I can’t find the door
    The door is open
    You’re standing there
    You let me in

    Gloria…in te domine
    Gloria…exultate
    Oh Lord, if I had anything
    Anything at all
    I’d give it to you
    I’d give it to you

    Gloria…Gloria…

  16. EVANESCANCE – BRING ME TO LIFE
    how can you see into my eyes like open doors
    leading you down into my core
    where I’ve become so numb without a soul my spirit sleeping somewhere cold
    until you find it there and lead it back home

    (Wake me up)
    Wake me up inside
    (I can’t wake up)
    Wake me up inside
    (Save me)
    call my name and save me from the dark
    (Wake me up)
    bid my blood to run
    (I can’t wake up)
    before I come undone
    (Save me)
    save me from the nothing I’ve become

    now that I know what I’m without
    you can’t just leave me
    breathe into me and make me real
    bring me to life

    (Wake me up)
    Wake me up inside
    (I can’t wake up)
    Wake me up inside
    (Save me)
    call my name and save me from the dark
    (Wake me up)
    bid my blood to run
    (I can’t wake up)
    before I come undone
    (Save me)
    save me from the nothing I’ve become

    Bring me to life
    (I’ve been living a lie, there’s nothing inside)
    Bring me to life

    frozen inside without your touch without your love darling only you are the life among the dead

    all this time I can’t believe I couldn’t see
    kept in the dark but you were there in front of me
    I’ve been sleeping a thousand years it seems
    got to open my eyes to everything
    without a thought without a voice without a soul
    don’t let me die here
    there must be something more
    bring me to life

    (Wake me up)
    Wake me up inside
    (I can’t wake up)
    Wake me up inside
    (Save me)
    call my name and save me from the dark
    (Wake me up)
    bid my blood to run
    (I can’t wake up)
    before I come undone
    (Save me)
    save me from the nothing I’ve become

    (Bring me to life)
    I’ve been living a lie, there’s nothing inside
    (Bring me to life)

  17. Bruno Mars – Talking to the moon.

    Talking to the Moon
    Try to get to You
    In hopes you’re on
    the other side
    Talking to me too
    Or am I a fool
    who sits alone
    Talking to the moon

    I’m feeling like I’m famous
    The talk of the town
    They say
    I’ve gone mad
    Yeah
    I’ve gone mad
    But they don’t know
    what I know

  18. The human condition by steph macloed . In the song it talks about how war affects people and what it means to be human and that the leaders who wage war are leading the humans towards extinction . Seph macloed is saying that he does not believe in war and he thinks that it is pointless to war with each other because we have nothing to show for these wars . He says that war is consuming the innocent people and he asks the question ” why do we fight my brothers ” . He thinks that that war will leave the world stripped of all beauty , because all man can do is pull the triggers of guns and kill men , women and children .

  19. ‘’Can you imagine a time when the truth ran free
    The birth of a song and the death of a dream
    Closer to the edge

    This never ending story
    Paid for with pride and fate
    We all fall short of glory’’

    ‘’No, I’m not saying I’m sorry
    One day maybe we’ll meet again
    No, I’m not saying I’m sorry
    One day maybe we’ll meet again
    NO NO NO NO’’

  20. The Sound of Silence- Simon and Garfunkel

    ‘And in the naked light I saw,
    Ten thousand people maybe more,
    People talking without speaking,
    People hearing without listening,
    People writing songs that voices never share
    And no one dared
    Disturb the sound of silence.’

    ‘And the people bowed and prayed
    To the neon God they made
    And the sign flashed out it’s warning,
    In the words that it was forming,
    The words of the prophets written on the subway walls,
    And tenement halls
    And whispered in the sounds of silence’

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