Contextualizing Love and Social Politics

I started out wanting to post this as something that touched me. It is a beautiful version of the song, with many passionate people, all singing about love, and they are Israeli. Hope, people want to feel love, be loved, love...  I see it in every expression of the song, even the crazy sports renditions speak of tribalism, but that is my story, my context. 

"Could this be Love"

A song written by Bob Marley in 1980, it is said that he wrote this song on a plane back home from Brazil, because he liked the vibe there and people were really crazy about him. Other sources say he wrote this song as a response to the poverty, depression and lack of education he saw around him. Whatever the origins, the song has been co-opted and re-contextualized for things like football, wrestling, cricket, a bunch of romantic comedies, video games and this rendiction by a group of Israeli musicians.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Could_You_Be_Loved

Does context matter? Yes, no, sometimes...

Social morals are about context. For example, in the 1800's, it was ok to shoot at native Americans if they were in a group of 3 or more as it was considered a "war party". Events like Ferguson are all about contextual layers of meaning. Meaning and context evolve as we adapt socially to the differences between us.

In a study done by Wolfgang R. Köhler, at Institute for Empirical Research in Economics
University of Zurich entitled Why does context matter? Attraction effects and
binary comparisons he states: "Context effects arise because new alternatives affect how individuals weight and perceive attributes or because new alternatives make it easier to justify a decision."We are influenced by choice, information and distribution. Making context manipulable.

This is extremely apparent in the way art transforms emotional meaning. The concept of love is a shared human art form. The original meaning becomes a universal connection of individual stories. Regardless of how far apart the context is from it's origins or other interpretations; the song connects us to our experiences and ideas of love. In the connection, there is the disconnection of context.

Is this a good thing? Are we re-writing narratives or deepening the gap? Does it matter what country they come from? or...

Could this be love?

 

 

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