As I write to you, music is flowing through my ears. It makes me feel a certain way, and the way I feel makes me act in a certain way.
Maybe the feelings this article stirs up within you, are similar to the ones I got from listening to this music.
And if I exercise with music in my ears… it affects my workout. If the music has a strong beat and aggressive tone, I am more aggressive in the gym. I push myself further. If the music is relaxing, so is my workout.
The music I listen to physically alters real life.
Because arts have the superpower of affecting deep parts of your mind.
That’s why the soundtrack of a movie is crucial for the emotions you feel. It’s the difference between tear-dripping despair and chuckles.
That begs the question:
If music is powerful in so many areas of life… are some people using it for nefarious purposes?
- Weapons are powerful. Because of their sheer power, people use them to further their personal goals.
- Same goes for sex. Advertisers use it to make you buy.
- Drugs are powerful. Rapists use it to knock out their victims.
Everything that has immense power over humans can be used in a manipulative, evil manner.
And we both know people don’t hesitate to manipulate you and subvert your culture to acquire power.
And since you have probably witnessed the power of music first-hand… don’t you think someone is using it against you?
Is Music Used To Corrupt Your Mind?
Plato was a philosopher. But before he became one, Plato was a poet. A fine one.
Despite his past, Plato still hated arts…
He wanted to banish every poet and playwright.
Plato wanted to censor music and painting. And it was for one very simple reason…
He thought arts shape your character. Thus, you have to protect people from the negative influence of the arts.
Although you may consider him fascist, archaic or stupid for having that opinion, he was not the only philosopher with such an idea.
Listen to The Philosopher, who shaped our entire Western culture:
“Music directly imitates the passions or states of the soul; hence, when one listens to music that imitates certain passion, he becomes imbued with the same passion; … In short, if one listens to the wrong kind of music he will become the wrong kind of person; but, conversely, if he listens to the right kind of music he will tend to become the right kind of person.”
— Aristotle, Politics XIII
As Aristotle says, the wrong kind of music turns you into the wrong kind of person. And most music today is bad. Read the lyrics of some of the trendy songs:
Break up with your girlfriend
Yeah, yeah, ’cause I’m bored
You can hit it in the mornin’ (Mornin’)
Yeah, yeah, like it’s yours
I know it ain’t right
But I don’t care (Care)
Break up with your girlfriend
Yeah, yeah, ’cause I’m bored(Ariana Grande – break up with your girlfriend, i’m bored)
What a great message. Destroy a lovely relationship because a fake barbie doll wants you to smash her a couple of times.
I get robbed of all my sleep
As my thoughts begin to bleed
I’d let go, but I don’t know how
Yeah, I don’t know how, but I need to nowI can feel your love pullin’ me up from the underground(Avicii — SOS)
Sure, disguise lyrics about depression — written by a man who recently commited suicide — behind a happy, catchy beat to make weak minded people pull down their mental defenses.
The singer literally sings about being in hell (underground) while some rad tune is blasting in the background.
But don’t despair!
Just like music can corrupt your mind — if you’re weak — it can also help you become a better person.
You can be in charge. You can control music’s influence on your mental state and use it to your advantage.
Like Aristotle said, “if he listens to the right kind of music he will tend to become the right kind of person.”
Here are some examples of how:
How To Focus Better With Music
Did you know that the soundtracks of video games are specifically composed to enhance the gaming experience and your performance?
For example, video game music can make you feel more motivated, aggressive and focused.
Which is why I have a playlist of video game soundtracks. Whenever I need to focus intensely, I play a soundtrack that gets me in the flow.
Here is my favorite song for that intense focus.
I put this on repeat and loop it for hours until my work is finished.
How To Use Music To Soothen Your Soul And Experience Genuine Beauty
Our lives are constantly filled with stimulation. And this excessive stimulation has caused us to desensitize, forcing creators to produce stronger stimuli to achieve similar effects to before.
In short, our lives are a fucking mess with strong sounds, frequent dopamine kicks, and visual stimulation. It’s just noise.
Not only that…
Those who came before us valued beauty.
Beauty was the ideal to strive for. And it caused Western civilization to become the best civilization on Earth. Our pursuit of beauty gave us the best art, most beautiful buildings and best inventions. Excellence in beauty gave us accomplished souls in turn.
Today, beauty has been switched out with sexy.
Not necessarily sexy in a sexual way. But in the excessive, cold and almost… corporate way.
Beauty is a delicious meal your wife cooked with love, care and culinary skill. Sexy is a Double Quarter Pounder®* with Cheese Meal at McDonald’s.
It’s as if you replace life with sterility. You replace meaning with lack of it. There’s a stimulation in your mind. But it’s meaningless and only leads your soul down a path of neverending search for “sexy” stimuli.
The Lack Of Beauty Is Apparent In The Music Industry…
And it’s not the opinion of a bitter old man who wishes to wind back the clock with 50 years.
Music has become less beautiful in its pursuit of stimulating listeners in a stronger way. In fact, it’s got a name: The Loudness War.
I won’t get deep in explaining it, but watch this short 2-minute video to get what it’s all about:
This is why I find value in beautiful music.
Classical music, preferably piano only.
My favorite is Chopin.
Search for Chopin on Spotify and listen to some of his work.
Browse other artists similar to him and tell me that kind of music is not beautiful and does not awaken some divine feeling within you.
Of course, there are great musicians of today but you will have to stray from the mainstream path.
Can Music Make You More Agressive?
Aggression is good when directed to the right path. Use it in your work, in your workouts, in your pursuits.
When I exercise, I like to stay calm as much as I can.
Being in a constant state of rush, aggression and teeth gritting elevates your cortisol levels too much. That is bad for your health, testosterone levels, and bodybuilding progress.
I like to have fun in the gym, listen to a nice podcast and just enjoy it. Feel my muscles contracting as you lift. Perform fun exercises.
Treat the gym as your masculine spa experience.
But a few times every workout, you’ve got to push yourself. That’s when you want every gram of aggression you can squeeze out.
Pick a song that gets you going, wait for the guitar solo or chorus, and unleash hell. Here are the ones I prefer lifting to right now. They are two of the most underrated Guns ‘n’ Roses songs ever:
I am certain music — and all other arts– are some of the most powerful tools of manipulation there is. But that doesn’t mean someone else has to be using that manipulation against you, and that it’s negative.
What if you could use it on yourself to improve your life?
(And defend yourself from the subversive, evil music on the radio?)
Until next time,
— Alexander Contrarian