SSR Project

Life lesson

Book Piece

The life lesson that corresponds with my book, The Lucky Ones by: Jenny Brown, is that in order to find the truth you have to truly make an effort to search for it. Often times, the truth is hidden behind what others want you to believe. Once you find the truth, you'll often be in shock of how many people manipulate others. Many people who do learn about the facts about modern society would be naturally inclined to protest in the pursuit of integrity and Independence, "I couldn't believe in a system like that, no matter what it meant for my past, my family and my existence... I have my own personal beliefs in which... our mindless consumption is not only unnecessary, but, unless there are absolutely no other options, unethical" (Brown, 76). Secondly, if left unmonitored and unquestioned, one's morals tend to decay into apathy regardless of one's suffering, "However, at a large ranch with hundreds if not thousands of sheep, it's much cheaper to dock all tails than to pay enough workers to notice" (Brown, 91). Therefore, to find the complete authenticity of reality, you have to stop and think; ask yourself questions. Why? Who does it really benefit? Are others suffering for someones own leisure? Often times, there is suffering, "I read that in the circus, there's no such thing as "positive reinforcement"- trainers use whips, electric prods, bull hooks, muzzles and other torturous means. they break animal spirits and their will through beatings. And why? So someone can sit and watch an elephant step onto a box and stand on their hind legs? It seems like such a throwback to disgraceful times in Western history..." (Brown 36).

Companion piece

Lyrics

I Don’t Care by: Fall Out Boy

Say my name and his in the same breath

I dare you to say they taste the same

Let the leaves fall off in the summer

And let December glow in flames

Erase myself and let go

Start it over again in Mexico

These “friends”, they don't love you

They just love the hotel suites


Now

I don't care what you think as long as it's about me

The best of us can find happiness in misery

I don't care what you think as long as it's about me

The best of us can find happiness in misery


Take a chance let your body get a tolerance

I'm not a chance, put a heat wave in your pants

Pull a breath like another cigarette Pawnshop heart trading up (trading up)

On the oracle in my chest, let the guitar scream like a fascist

Sweat it out, shut your mouth.

Free love on the streets, but in the alley it ain't that cheap


Now

I don't care what you think as long as it's about me

The best of us can find happiness in misery

I don't care what you think as long as it's about me

The best of us can find happiness in misery


I don’t care just what you think as long as it’s about me

I don’t care just what you think as long as it’s about me

I don’t care (I don’t care)

I don’t care (I don’t care)

I (I) don’t (don’t) care (care)

I (I) don’t (don’t) care (care)

I don’t care, (I don’t care)

I (I) don’t (don’t) care (care)


I don't care what you think as long as it's about me

The best of us can find happiness in misery

I don't care what you think as long as it's about me

The best of us can find happiness in misery


Fall Out Boy - I Don't Care [+ Lyrics ]

Song Meaning

This song was written to describe the arrogant nature of popular people, "I don't care what you think, as long as it's about me" (Stump, Fall Out Boy). It also describes the harsh reality of being famous; that wealthiness attracts bitter people, "These friends, they don't love you. They just love the hotel suites." (Stump, Fall Out Boy). This song, composed brilliantly by Patrick Stump, resonates harmoniously with the life lesson. Money and fame tends to distract you from the truth. Being arrogant and believing you're too grand to be decieved actually makes you more susceptible to manipulation. In order to free yourself from manipulation, you have to give yourself a reality check and question the intentions of others. There are many parasites among the fortunate if you look closely, "Free love on the streets, but in the alley it ain't that cheap" (Stump, Fall Out Boy).