Happiness, Meaning and Personal Ethics
For this project I decided to take on a large amount of work in order to convey my personal philosophy. My project used music to answer a few essential questions. Some of those include: Where does my happiness and meaning come from? What do I wanna do in life? Why are we here? What is the system we reside in? What pushes us to do good or bad? Throughout my writing process I made sure to answer all these questions and address more when I could. My inspiration for this project came from a recent events in my life. I have been thinking about where I am planning to go in life, who I need to listen too and what makes me happy. Because I chose to address more than one topic I made four separate songs, each one addressing a different idea.
The coolest thing about this project for me was the way I was able to self reflect and think deeper on who I am. For my project I wrote multiple songs, all having to do with personal issues. By sitting down and thinking about what I care about and what I want in life, I was able to learn about myself, and who I am as an individual. When studying happiness and meaning I learned alot about extistentialism. I found that I resognate with this concept fairly well, and while I am not a true believer, I do find some parts of this concept interesting. I found my own philosophy to tie into music. Meaning that I find my meaning through creating this form of art which brings me happiness. We read a book called "The Stranger" that documented a guy who went through his life thinking that nothing really mattered. I found that while I disagreed with this, certain things I see in my life are not as important as I have previously beleived. One thing I reflected on and found very important to me is friendship, and my relationships with other people. Without this, I beleive that I would not be as happy. For my project I made hip hop songs, when looking at this genre as a whole it is fairly easy to find the themes of happiness and meaning. Also what that means to specific people and artists This was something I thought about when writing my songs; how to incorporate what I’ve gone through in a way that other people can relate too.
The greatest question that came up for me during this project is “What can I do in my life that will bring me happiness?” For me, the idea of meaning ties directly into this. I beleive that the more meaning I have the happier I am. When I make music I feel like I have meaning, by pursuing this and putting energy into my passion I have been able to stay happy. The issue with this question is that I don’t think I can ever truly answer it. In addition to this I also examined a few other questions during the project. Some of these include:
- Where does my happiness and meaning come from?
- What do I wanna do in life?
- Why are we here?
- What is the system we reside in?
- What pushes us to do good or bad?