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Monday, January 31, 2005

On "Soldier"

But on a less racial-political and more gender-political note, doesn't the song speak to the phenomenon of women chasing the Bad Boy Archetype?
Absolutely.  Which reflects the need for survival (1st chakra) as primary, and overriding the higher, more spiritual or intellectual chakras, or even the need for emotional health. This is the pattern for people who are operating in the "live for today" mode.  The downside of the "the present moment is all that exists" mode.  In proper context, this is quite positive.  For the inner-city denizen who sees no future, it is the doorway to hell.  I believe that Beyonce and Destiny's Child are operating well above this level.  To promote songs which praise it amounts to little more than pandering. 


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