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10 Philosophical ideas perfectly expressed by Lollywood songs

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Lollywood gets an unreasonable amount of flak for being the step-sister of Bollywood; the one that was sent to the village as a child, and says her ‘o’s as ‘a’s, Mcdonalds becomes Maacdaaanalds and Ostrich becomes Assrich.

However, these people fail to realize the deep philosophical ideas expressed by Lollywood songs.

Here are some examples of why Lollywood is on par with the greatest philosophers the world has ever seen.

 

1.       Cartesian Doubt

Philosophical version:

The Cartesian doubt is a method of questioning one’s own beliefs; of being skeptical about all that you hold to be true

Lollywood version:

“Sanu Nehar walay pull tay bula kar sohnay mahi kithon reh gaya?” – Noor Jehan

 

2.       Classical Conditioning

Philosophical version:

A subject learns to respond in a desired manner to an activity that the subject was previously neutral to; through conditioning this neutral stimulus has been associated with an unconditioned stimulus to elicit a desired response i.e. Pavlov’s dogs salivating after listening to the bell, associating the sound with the food.

Lollywood version:

“Thand paway gee kailajay dildaar, Pyaar dee gandheri chup lay” – Naseebo Lal, film: Humayoun Gujjar.

 

3.       Behaviourism

Philosophical version:

Behaviourism rejects the dualism of the mind and body, hypothesizing that love is both observable and quantifiable.

Lollywood version:

“Cheekhain marta badaan mera tu jis walay neeray yaara, jadu maim ahi tay neeray ho manji de vich dhaang pherda” – sung by Naseebo Lal, film: Badmaash Gujjar

 

4.       Plato’s allegory of the cave

Philosophical version:

Plato’s allegory of the cave suggests that people in caves only exposed to the shadows of the light from the sun have never seen the sun and take the shadows to be the complete truth, even though they are mere reflections.

Lollywood version:

“Kal jab dekha mai nay chand jharokay mai, usko kiya salaam tumharay dhokay mai” – Waris Baig

 

5.       Martin Luther King

Philosophical version:

“I have a dream that one day little black boys and black girls will be able to join hands with little white boys and white girls as sisters and brothers.”

Lollywood version:

“Kameez teri kali tay sohnay phoola wali” – Ataulllah Esa Khelvi

 

6.       Schrodinger’s cat

Philosophical version:

The paradox based on the scenario of a cat, that may be both dead and alive.

Lollywood version:

“Adhi raat sottay meri laat hillee, lagta hai jiway koi billy shilly hai”

 

7.       Kant’s metaphysicals of morals

Philosophical version:

In the doctrine of virtue, Kant shows how humanity ought to behave.

Lollywood version:

“Ama dekh aah dekh tera munda bigra jaye” – Film: Munda Bigra Jaye

 

8.       Hegel’s Phenomenology of the spirit

Philosophical version:

Hegel’s discussion of self-consciousness focuses on how the subjects view other subjects also as objects; the dialectic of the spirit is between this self-consciousness and the need for self-recognition.

Lollywood version:

“Manji ek tay jawaniyan do…teri lataan day vich pair mu phasana paiya” – Film: Guddu Badmaash

(The bed is one but teenagers two, I have no option but to put my foot with your legs.)

 

9.       Freud’s Id

Philosophical version:

The Id is the part of Sigmund Freud’s philosophy that is the compulsive psyche that operates on the pleasure principle.

Lollywood version:

“Sexy meri shirt, sexy meri pant, mujh ko rakh lay permanent”  - Film Desan Da Raja

 

10.   Communism

Philosophical version:

The system of governance based on common ownership where there is no social class, and everyone is equal.

Lollywood version:

“Tumharay aur meray ghar kay beech mai Larri Ada, yahan sunay ga nahee koi pukaar ye hai larri ada larri ada larri ada”