Music is the answer

“Without music life would be a mistake,” philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche once wrote. I have yet to decide if I agree with him or not, but in the meantime, I am going to answer so-called philosophical questions using song titles.

(I need an excuse to procrastinate, is why.)

1. What harsh truths do you prefer to ignore?

Love is a Losing Game – Amy Winehouse

2. Is free will real or just an illusion?

Ewan – APO Hiking Society

3. Is there a meaning to life? If so, what is it?

Happy Not Knowing – Carly Rae Jepsen

4. Where is the line between art and not art?

Glory and Gore – Lorde

5. What should be the goal of humanity?

Eat the Rich – Aerosmith

6. Does fate exist? If so, do we have free will?

God Only Knows – The Beach Boys

7. What does it mean to live a good life?

Sit Still, Look Pretty – Daya

8. Why do we dream?

Troubles Will Be Gone – The Tallest Man on Earth

9. Where does your self-worth come from?

Just My Imagination – The Cranberries

10. How will humans as a species go extinct?

Masseduction – St. Vincent

11. Is it possible to live a normal life and not ever tell a lie?

You Get What You Give – New Radicals

12. Does a person’s name influence the person they become?

No Such Thing – John Mayer

13. Is the meaning of life the same for animals and humans?

Only The Lonely – The Motels

14. If someone you loved was killed in front of you, but someone created a copy of them that was perfect right down to the atomic level, would they be the same person and would you love them just as much?

What’s Going On – Marvin Gaye

15. If you could become immortal on the condition you would NEVER be able to die or kill yourself, would you choose immortality?

‘Di Bale Na Lang – Jericho Rosales

16. What actions in your life will have the longest reaching consequences? How long will those effects be felt?

Pag-Alis – Barbie Almalbis

17. How long will you be remembered after you die?

iglap – syd hartha

18. If a child somehow survived and grew up in the wilderness without any human contact, how “human” would they be without the influence of society and culture?

Kakaiba – Flow G, Bosx1ne, John Roa, Skusta Clee

19. How would humanity change if all humans’ life expectancy was significantly increased (let’s say to around 500 years)?

Do I Wanna Know? – Arctic Monkeys

20. Where do you find meaning in your life?

Poor Places – Wilco

21. What do you think would be humanity’s reaction to the discovery of extraterrestrial life?

Ask For More – F4

22. Will religion ever become obsolete?

Unti-Unti – UDD

23. If you could teach everyone in the world one concept, what concept would have the biggest positive impact on humanity?

How To Save a Life – The Fray

24. Is suffering a necessary part of the human condition? What would people who never suffered be like?

Punk As Fuck – The American Analog Set

25. Does hardship make a person stronger? If so, under what conditions and at what point is it too much hardship? If not, what makes a person stronger?

Crying in Public – Chairlift

26. Would things get better or worse if humans focused on what was going well rather than what’s going wrong?

It’s Not Up To You – Björk

27. What benefits does art provide society? Does art hurt society in any way?

Can’t Find the Words – Ward Wills, Middle School

28. How likely do you think it will be that humans will last another 1,000 years without killing ourselves off?

Anything Could Happen – The Clean

29. What do you attribute the biggest successes in your life to? How about your largest failures?

Huwag Mo Nang Itanong – Eraserheads

30. If freedom is simply being able to do what you want, are animals freer than humans?

Maybe – Neocolours

31. Would you want to know you are going to die beforehand or die suddenly without warning?

It’s All In Vain – Wet

32. Is humanity headed in the right or wrong direction?

No Distance Left To Turn – Blur

33. Does the study of philosophy ever lead to answers or simply more questions?

Why Why Why Why Why – SAULT

34. What is the best way for a person to attain happiness?

Love Love Love – Epik High

35. If you had to guess, what do you think would be the most likely way you’ll die?

I’m Just Really Tired Ok – FLOOR CRY

36. Is it better for a person to have a broad knowledge base or a deep knowledge base?

Kahit Ano – Eraserheads

37. What is the best way to train people to see the gradients in the world around them instead of just a simplistic “this is good, that is wrong” view of the world?

Make Some Room – The Suffers

38. Is intelligence or wisdom more useful?

Same Drugs – Chance the Rapper

39. Which of your beliefs are justified and which ones aren’t?

All Mixed Up – Red House Painters

40. What do you contribute back to society?

Between Something and Nothing – The Ocean Blue

41. What are you going to do with the one life you have?

Crumble – Cheats

42. Is it more important to help yourself, help your family, help your society, or help the world?

I Wonder – Bay Ledges

43. What life-altering things should every human ideally get to experience at least once in their lives?

First Love – Emmy the Great

44. What is the most important goal every person should have?

Break Free – Ariana Grande

45. Is it better to be a big fish in a small pond or a small fish in a big pond?

Some Are Lakes – Land of Talk

46. What are you capable of achieving?

Call It Dreaming – Iron & Wine

47. By what standards do you judge yourself?

Such Great Heights – The Postal Service

48. Can human nature be changed? Should it be changed?

Nonsense – Younha

49. How replaceable are you?

Hide the Drinks, I’ll Be Okay – Arigato, Hato!

50. Why don’t we as a species take more advantage of the fact that we have almost infinite knowledge available to us?

You Can’t Always Get What You Want – The Rolling Stones

The Nietzsche quote is from the book The Twilight of the Idols, Or, How to Philosophize with a Hammer. The featured image is by Namroud Gorguis on Unsplash.

Keep safe, everyone!

3 thoughts on “Music is the answer”

  1. “Some Are Lakes” 😂

    Did you think of the answers first before looking for song titles, or did you look at song titles and tried to fit them as answers? Are you going to answer this with a song title too?

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Depende sa tanong, haha. Generally I answered the questions first then I scrolled through my Spotify Liked Songs and found the songs that best matched my answers.

      Pero for questions that were way too specific like the big fish-small fish eme eme, I just went with song titles that kind of made sense as answers. Hehehe.

      PS. Maganda ‘yang Some Are Lakes. Pakinggan mo, may Metric vibes. Female-fronted Canadian indie rock bands rule!!! 🤘


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