M.I.A — Mathangi “Maya” Arulpragasam
Theme and Social Impact
M.I.A’s. “Paper Planes” is a splendid pop melody, an overpoweringly snappy three-minute head-bopper that turned out to be practically universal on the radio in late 2008. However, behind the tune’s vaporous melody, slamming bass line, and finger-snapping beat hides a horrid and notwithstanding aggravating melodious message. This is a melody that components verses in which M.I.A. raps proudly about dodging border police, producing fake visas, selling crack, and delivering “lethal poison to the system.”
My interpretation of her verses is a humorous depiction of the hoodlum hooligan thuggish kind of attitude “all i wanna do is shoot you motherf****s and take your da*n money” and anticipating that to the global scene and The War on Terror.
M.I.A also known as Mathangi “Maya” Arulpragasam, has what you may call a fairly fascinating past. In addition to the fact that she was brought up in Sri Lanka, in the midst of the mayhem of their 22 year civil war, she was a daughter of one of the establishing individual from the Tamil Tigers.
First and foremost, this is an immigrant song. M.I.A. demands, nonetheless, that she has been misconstrued, that the song was planned not to support antisocial behavior but rather to mock across negative stereotypes about immigrants. The “character” rapping in “Paper Planes” is not, then, the genuine M.I.A. but instead an anecdotal hooligan speaking to the whole of all partialities about dark-skinned foreigners supposedly menacing Western society.
Paper planes middle verse;
“No one on the corner has swagger like us
Hit me on my banner, prepaid wireless
We pack and deliver like UPS trucks
Already going to hell just pumping that gas”
She’s talking about the phones drug dealers use and how they’re packing and delivering drugs “like UPS trucks”. The drugs are definitely part of what she’s talking about but not to the exclusion of everything else. Everything is at our fingertips and we can do anything ie; buy/sell/steal all with the simple touch of a button. Also given her father’s involvement with the Tamil tigers, maybe the prepaid wireless and UPS truck references are about using a cell phone as a remote detonator for a truck bomb.
A couple of years prior MIA was denied a visa by the United States. The reason was viewed as the lyrics in her collection Sunflowers, which appear to “extol the virtues” the Tamil Tigers. U.S. authorities interpreted it as meaning that she was partnered somehow, with no confirmation and the fact that she had already obtained proper documentation to enter the U.S.
Hence this verse;
“If you catch me at the border I got visas in my name
If you come around here, I make ‘em all day
I get one down in a second if you wait”
The song is a mocking and emphatic “screw you” to anyone making erroneous assumptions about illegal aliens, terrorists, drug dealers and the songwriters who sing about them.
The typical controversy of her being called a terrorist in this song is because, we have been trained to label smart people that see what is happening in the world for what it is, as “terrorists”.
Why? because fear is the easiest motivator. All “they” have to do is charge you with conspiracy, on some kind of “terrorism” and NOBODY will believe a word you say. NOBODY will take you seriously. and…. if you don’t get killed, then you will spend your life behind bars. Because thats how it works.
“Paper Planes” may be seen as an immigrants anarchic daydream, a dream vision of swinging to gangsterism to achieve an American Dream and again denied by the terrible reality of minimum-wage employment. On the off chance that standard society’s message is “There ain’t no need for ya / Go straight to hell”, then the immigrant might wish his response could be “All I wanna do is [BANG BANG BANG BANG] / And [KA-CHING] / And take ya money.” But in reality—as the video for “Paper Planes” suggests—he’s most likely to keep on simply working his long days of manual labor, no matter how frightened of him you might be.
In a 2008 interview, M.I.A. proposed that this importance was what she had as a primary concern while composing “Paper Planes”: The song, she said, is “about individuals driving taxicabs throughout the day and living in a condo and showing up truly undermining to society. In any case, not being so. Because, when you’ve wrapped up a 20-hour shift, you’re so drained you simply need to return home to the family. I don’t think migrants are that debilitating to society by any stretch of the imagination. They’re simply cheerful they’ve survived some war somewhere.
Ethos – Besides the fact that she had one hit in 2008, M.I.A. remains bolted into our understanding of South Asia and the world. There is so much I and other diaspora brown society interpret through her — when she flipped off the Superbowl audience in 2012, I legitimized it before long to myself and everybody around me: she was flipping off the foundation, organizations, the general population that needed to weaken her sound, us, you, me, the world, everything. I contributed such my very own large amount goals for South Asian representation and control in her, however with a reliable descending pattern and just a couple love-certifying spikes, it’s difficult to keep an enthusiasm for Maya Arulpragasam.
Pathos – I kinda think we owe M.I.A. a huge thank you for infusing her quite inconspicuous yet powerfull and politically mocking connotations (sarcastic tones) to her music. Unfortunately, in our super-size, drive thru, soundbite loving culture, it will fly directly over the leaders of the most minimal shared variables who’ll be getting their undies tied up in a pack supposing that you’re by one means or another supporting psychological warfare in light of the fact that your’re diverse, on the grounds that you’re brown and from an irregular far away place.
Logos – As effective as this clarification for the verses of “Paper Planes” might be, there are other potential implications at play here too. M.I.A. composed the song in the wake of spending the better part of a year buried in the administration of the Department of Homeland Security, not able to get a legitimate visa to enter the United States.
Claims? What are the main claims of the image?
As for the main claim of the image, the artist gives an excellent explanation.
“You can’t separate the world into two parts like that, good and evil. Terrorism is a method. But America has successfully tied all these pockets of independence struggles, revolutions and extremists into one big notion of terrorism. You can’t grab someone by the neck and choke them and then complain they’re kicking you. If you’re going around oppressing people, they will fight back…”
Mine are long drives and not knowing where to stop. That is basically how I would express my journey seeking the purpose of life.
Many of us keep ourselves so occupied between work, tasks and our leisure activities that there’s truly little time to contemplate the significance of life.
However, every now and then, somewhere in the back of our heads, we have a nagging feeling that there must be something more. There must be a purpose for our lives—something we were intended to be or fulfill.
Thoughts like these can come to our minds at those candidly charged transition times of our life: when we leave home, land our first position, get married, have kids, have an empty nest or retire.
Being helped to remember our own particular mortality can lead us to break down our lives and look for more profound meaning to it all.
It’s the most important philosophical question; yet in the meantime, it is deeply useful. Knowing our motivation provides guidance to our lives. An existence brimming with purpose for existing is an existence of essentialness, fervor and eventually achievement.
“Whatever my eyes desired I did not keep from them. I did not withhold my heart from any pleasure, for my heart rejoiced in all my labor; and this was my reward from all my labor. Then I looked on all the works that my hands had done and on the labor in which I had toiled; and indeed all was vanity and grasping for the wind” (Ecclesiastes 2:10-11).
Francis August Schaeffer was an American Evangelical Christian scholar, thinker, and Presbyterian pastor. He is most popular for his compositions and his foundation of the L’Abri people group in Switzerland. Restricted to religious innovation, Schaeffer advanced a more notable Protestant confidence and a presuppositional way to deal with Christian rational theology which he believed would answer the questions of the age. Schaeffer indicates why profound quality and flexibility have disintegrated in our general public. He requires a huge development in government, law, and all of life-to restore our Judeo-Christian establishment and turn the tide of good decadence and loss of freedom.
A Christian Manifesto – http://www.peopleforlife.org/francis.html
This excellent article talks about worldview, with the bias being Christianity. Schaeffer makes his point for Christianity and the motivation behind why humanism has no firm establishment. This article is a reaction to humanism and its pronouncements throughout the most recent century. Schaeffer seems to have a good grasp on presuppositional argumentation and application of God’s Word. “The basic problem of the Christians in this country in the last eighty years or so, in regard to society and in regard to government, is that they have seen things in bits and pieces instead of totals.” This Indicates how the common, humanist perspective is contradictory to the Christian perspective, and shows the good, political, and legitimate outcomes which spill out of each perspective.
This super straightforward phrase has got me thinking for a while. Because it is not so straightforward and people who think they know Christ and who think they know the bible inside out actually doesn’t know the real exact meaning of the verse of ‘Matthew 7:7.’
−Last week, I found myself having a conversation with a group of people who claimed to be Christ followers and who were indeed thorough with their scripture. Well, turns out that this conversation does not really go well for me, Because it turns out their view on ““ask and you will receive” means “ask for anything you want and I’ll give it to you,”
−Not exactly what I expected. BECAUSE if thats what the verses mean to you then, you have turned the Lord into a cosmic genie who serves your every whim.
However, my understanding on the verses are, God will always give us good things. Our job is to understand what is good, so that we know what to ask for. The natural mind cannot understand this. But, when we offer ourselves as “a living sacrifice” and are transformed by the renewing of our minds, then we “will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will” (Romans 12:1–2). Then, asking for what we need in faith, we will have all we need for life and godliness and fullness of joy (John 16:24).
Hey my fellow keepers, sorry it’s been a while; I know it is the weekend, but this college grind does not let you do what you love, which is ‘just chilling!’ somehow books get in the way and own every possible weekend! ABSURD!!! I know.
I guess my title gave it all away. Sure I come from a Buddhist family; and some of the Buddhist concepts that has been introduced to me make a lot of sense, for instance; the 4 noble truths;
With this distinctive view of cause and effect,
Buddhism accepts the pan-Indian presupposition of samsara, in which living beings are trapped in a continual cycle of birth-and-death, with the momentum to rebirth provided by one’s previous physical and mental actions (see karma). The release from this cycle of rebirth and suffering is the total transcendence called nirvana.”
According to Buddhism living beings are trapped in a continuous cycle of life and death, but based on the wrongs and rights you manage to commit, which is karma.
‘what goes around comes around’
As far as my understanding goes, this is just great! I love it! Buddhism is generally freedom. The consequences are based on your actions, however you want to deal with it, it is totally up to you. However, you have to face it at the end of the day. That is my concept!
Agree or no?
The basic answer is that Buddhism is excessively boundless and excessively significant, making it impossible, making it impossible to be conveniently put in any single classification. Obviously, Buddhism incorporates rationality and religion and a lifestyle. Be that as it may, Buddhism goes past these classes.
What teaches the nature of real reality? How great would it feel to be known to something/someone who sees past all you and your negativity and sometimes confusion?
I STRONGLY BELIEVE IN “The way to be right with God in every religion is by earning your way”.
It depends on works, not grace. Christianity is unique in relation to each religion in this angle: every single other religion express that you should acquire the privilege to be accommodated with God. It is by what you do in this life that decides your endless predetermination.
“The difference between Christianity and every other faith in the world is that all other religions are about man trying to reach up to God. Christianity is about God reaching down to man.”
The English word “religion” comes from the Middle English “religioun” which originated from the Old French “religion.” It might have been initially derived from the Latin word “religo” which signifies “great faith,” “ritual,” and other comparable implications. On the other hand it might have originated from the Latin “religâre” which signifies “to tie fast” or “tie together.” – Definition of the word religion.
What I think is, as far as Characterizing the word “religion” is loaded with trouble. Numerous endeavors have been made. Numerous individuals concentrate on an exceptionally contract definition that matches their own particular religion, yet few if any others.
″Religion is a system of beliefs or a code of moral conduct that judges a person based on their adherence and obedience to certain codes, rules, laws, traditions, or the performance of required acts.″
Being born and raised in a Buddhist home, I have only questioned myself, how can you label yourself to being identified to a particular religion?
Should we label children based on the religious beliefs of their parents? In this article Sarah Ager, a writer for ABC on religion and ethics speaks my mind.
“Being free to choose allows young people to feel more connected to their beliefs, even if they continue in the same faith tradition as their parents, because they’ve actively taken ownership of them.” – Sarah Ager
When you grow old you come to a point where you realize that life only takes chances and the decisions you make are what shapes your path. Weather it’s freedom, truth or anything – as long as it makes more sense to you.
»It is what you’re made of and not the circumstances.