Semantics · Writing

What do we really know?

Since childhood, the people of the world are taught what to think, say, feel, and even believe. Since then, we have stood alone yet the social norms latch us all together.  The Weeknd presents to us Losers; that maybe we all do ¨make our own sense¨ (The Weeknd 7)  and that to have a different perspective of the world does not make a person unintelligent. Just because we may think and perceive life differently, who is to say what is normal or not?

The lyrics of this song obviously rely heavily on Pathos, as most songs do.  Ironically, this only strengthens the argument of the theme.  This shows us that how we feel and what we think is real, as well as what all of us as human beings believe to be real, isńt necessarily true.  We all believe in something, even if that belief is that nothing is real… That is an opinion, and technically most of the scientific theories around us are as well.   Abel’s (The Weeknd) way of showing this to us is in the lines ¨So what can you show me, That my heart don’t know already?¨ (The Weeknd 9-10).  Again, we see it repeated in the lines ¨They can’t teach what they can’t prove” (The Weeknd 15).  

In an odd way,  the Pathos also provides Logos to this song.  The theme of this song is that we don’t necessarily know what is true and what is make believe.  While it isn’t technically Logos, it relates to it in an important way.   How can we fully know and comprehend something that is based on a guess? In reality, how can we rely on anyone but ourselves to make decisions and provide theoretical knowledge? This is implied in the line, “We did it all alone,” (The Weeknd 29), and again in the line, “So what can you show me, that my heart don’t know already?” (The Weeknd 9-10)

All of these things lead us to the last method in Aristotelian’s model, Ethos.  The Weeknd mentions several times in his songs “And you’re qualified to me.”(The Weeknd 8)  This is a perfect way to explain the Ethos in his theme.  The credibility of this message cannot be proven, and that is his entire point.   “They can’t teach what they can’t prove”, (The Weeknd 15)  and again,  “Come put this inside a test-tube” (The Weeknd 16) represents thoroughly how one will create test after test to hypothesize a theory.

And this links us to our conclusion …While the Ethos and Logos can technically be counted as the same ideology (and the song mostly revolves around Pathos), all these three theories combined connect and link together to create one single theme. This theme is to show how we think and contemplate our ideas and our emotions and finally,  not every idea is the exact same.  Perception is your own personal reality.

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