Whether music song is guilty of our cruelty

Music is an essential part of our life. However, nowadays, it cannot be called a truly essential part of it. Music actually is a natural intuitive phenomenon and a human being can virtually perform and hear music in his mind without learning or understanding it. Music changes in the course of time, like the balance of things on the earth. Earlier, there have been music songs about the sun and grass; today there are songs about suicide, sex and murder.

Today, the world observes a great increase in human violence. Certainly, we try to find the reason for it. For instance, since the appearance of Rock N' Roll, social organizations, politicians and law enforcement have tried to persuade the USA that music causes a negative social impact on the youth. The major problems, American parents and adults face today, are teenage suicide and violence towards each other. Parenthetically, we may also speak about the same negative social impact of TV programs, movies, computer games and the adult's behavior in this connection, as they also show violent scenes, murder, criminality, and a lot more things, which influence and find a reflection in our mind and, especially, in the minds of teenagers.

Let us examine the problem in details. First, it is necessary to say that music is a natural and intuitive phenomenon. As such, it reflects the feelings and the emotions of the composer, as well as of the lyrics writer and the performer and incites these emotions in the listeners. It seems that the roots of the problem are going somehow deeper than only into the music song itself. We should ask ourselves why a present-day human being composes music songs about suicide but not about love and happiness.

The reason is simple: the issue of suicide is the most urgent today both for the society and for the musician himself. We can state the same about violence, cruelty, murder and many other things, which fill in our present social existence. However, the matter is that a music song only incites these feelings and emotions but does not recommend bringing all this content into effect. Generally, such music song is not meant for teenagers' listening, what parents should necessarily but accurately control. They should not prohibit listening to this or that particular group or song, but give a piece of advice, recommend and be a child's company in selecting music collections. 

Nevertheless, there were cases, when parents blamed record companies for the acts of violence, committed by their children.   An example of this is the court case of McCollum v. CBS, Inc. (1988), brought about by the parents of John McCollum. The boy listened regularly to two Osborne albums, Blizzard of Oz and Diary of Madman, before going to bed and when listening to a third album, Speak of the Devil, and particularly to the audio song "Suicide solution", he shot himself with a handgun. Later on, it became clear that the boy had problems and it was not actually the music song, which made him commit suicide. 

Commonly, the Osborne's song "Suicide solution" is an anti-suicidal song. In addition, there are a lot more songs of the resembling contest, listened to by millions of people and teenagers daily. However, we do not certify millions of suicides every day.

The fact is that if a person of a stable psychological condition listens to such kind of song, the effect will be entirely different. He will not commit suicide or a violent act: he will consider the content in its direct sense. Actually, this is not a music song, which pushes the teenagers to commit suicides or law-breaking acts; these are adults, who are guilty in psychological instability of their children and who do not notice or even ignore their children's problems. It is always easy to find somebody or something guilty; it is hard to find guilty ourselves.





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