Sunday, June 10, 2012

Lesson 54. C.S Lewis > Lady Gaga

A few minutes ago I read a very troubling quote from Lady Gaga:

"“Some women choose to follow men, and some women choose to follow their dreams. If you're wondering which way to go, remember that your career will never wake up and tell you that it doesn't love you anymore.” 

How obscene. It's a disturbing thought when the notion that coexistence is introduced as something of pain and rejection. It's a sad day when the world declines vulnerability and advances at such great pace towards a stone cold belief that a life without love is still a life. Yes, sometimes is hurts and vulnerability can bite like no other, but sometimes it wins and we grow to understand what it means to love. Of course a career will never wake up and tell you that it doesn't love you anymore, a career will never be beside you when you wake up. It will never be your shoulder when you cry. It will never be your best friend, your sister, your family, your heart's missing piece. In the words of my girl Rebecca Ferguson, Nothing's real but love. We must embrace what it means to be weak and vulnerable in order for love to grow strong and ready to fight. And believe me, in a world so riddled with sorrow, love must be able to fight the lies society is feeding so readily.

So here's where the first piece of weaponry rears it's head. We fight fire with with fire. Here I hand over a quote that demolishes goo-goo-ga-ga's quack philosophy by a literary genius: 

“To love at all is to be vulnerable. Love anything and your heart will be wrung and possibly broken. If you want to make sure of keeping it intact you must give it to no one, not even an animal. Wrap it carefully round with hobbies and little luxuries; avoid all entanglements. Lock it up safe in the casket or coffin of your selfishness. But in that casket, safe, dark, motionless, airless, it will change. It will not be broken; it will become unbreakable, impenetrable, irredeemable. To love is to be vulnerable.” 

So yes, C.S Lewis> Lady Gaga. 


  1. A disclaimer of opinion is perhaps necessary.

    We need not rank the members of this world. If your bible is true then God himself has said that we are all created equal. The Internet is a place already littered with hateful words towards many celebrities.

    When a friend tells you she is ‘warding off men altogether’ after recent turbulence in a relationship, I’m sure you would not go so in-depth in explaining how “it is better to have loved and lost …etc.,” and how your friend now a lesser than someone else because of her poorly chosen and foolish remark.

    We all go through hardship and we all say what we might not necessarily believe truthful. We say these things to lighten our moods; we joke with ourselves and hope that our blatant lies will make us laugh and somehow lure ourselves to security.

    We need more care in evaluating our celebrities. When the broth of the soup of humanity is boiled away to leave only our most basic form, we see that we are love. We shouldn’t chatter away on the Internet in attempts to pick apart the words of those in the public eye. We should accept them as the residual love at the bottom of the pot. Lady Gaga is a symbol of love and hope for millions around the world. Her committal to the acceptance of all love is extraordinary.

    Lady Gaga, much like your C.S. Lewis I am sure, has said things that she knows are not true. I state simply that the world would function so much better if everyone knew that C.S. Lewis = Lady Gaga and no person > another.

    1. Hi Peter,

      I'm sorry you interpreted my blog in that way. I wholeheartedly believe in equality and I am saddened to hear that you perceived my opinion as something contrary to that.

      The blog was not intended to speak hateful words about Lady Gaga, rather to challenge her opinion on love and careers. Using her name and C.S Lewis' name was intended to provide personification for the two attitudes . The play on Gaga's name was meant to put a humorous spin on the phrase.

      This post was only intended to encourage the attitude that love and vulnerability are necessary in life. Thanks for reading my blog, I hope you will continue to do so.