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.
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?