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Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Music and Philosophy 14-2 Part 2

Not all music is just for the sound and beat we like to hear.

Socrates also extensively studied effects of music, recognizing its potential as an instrument of indoctrination and character development:

“Musical training is a more potent instrument than any other, because rhythm and harmony find their way into the inward places of the soul, on which they mightily fasten, imparting grace, and making the soul of him who is rightly educated graceful, or of him who is ill-educated ungraceful.”

A lot of people today don’t know the true meaning of the music piece that they’re listening too other than it just sounding good and that’s what they like. Music has a lot to do with religion practices, self-control, and even race to some point. Socrates believed that music is in our soul and we connect more into our soul with the music by practicing and educating our self to what music we like to hear and live life with. Therefore saying that when we listen to music we should dig into ourselves and find how the music connects with us daily in our life and how we should react to it. I believe that if we practice the religion Christianity, then we should listen to some music that has some meaning that will influence us to get closer to God and we should reflect from that music that we listened to, to show others how the music can reveal our true colors and inspire our soul for the better, as an example. I believe that Socrates felt that if we didn’t connect the music to our souls, then it’s pointless for us to listen to music if we’re not getting any type of connection or education from it to self express our inner feelings and thoughts to inform and inspire others.


In all, we have to let the music express ourselves whatever mood we’re feeling, we have to let the music show who we are and hopefully it’s something positive. The more we listen connect with our music and let it bring out our best emotions and show positive ways, then we should and will go through life better and even have less negativity in our way. Also, I believe the music represents our character in all, so whatever person we are to people, it’s the music that’s influenced us and thankfully we’re proud of it.

1 comment:

  1. Don't you think music can also open a person to other ways, other cultures, other possibilities of thought and feeling and life? It can help us transcend the ways we know, and appreciate the cosmopolitan universe. We shouldn't just use it to reinforce what we already "know." No?