What “Wicked” Says about Living Life
Last weekend while sitting in Yost Ice Arena watching the University of Michigan Ice Skating Team’s Fall show, one skater had chosen to perform to the song “Dancing Through Life.” At first I didn’t recognize the song from the Broadway Production Wicked, as it was a country version of the song. The lyrics caught my attention as it was suggested we should all just dance and not worry about studying or the stress of life.
“Why invite stress in?/stop studying strife and learn to live ‘the unexamined life’.”
Once I heard this, I immediately thought of the caption under the title of the blog and one of our first readings this semester. It is not certain after researching a bit, if the song is making reference to what Socrates says in Section 28 of “The Apology”; however, since the words “the unexamined life” are quoted I think it is reasonable to infer that this song offers a counter agreement to Socrates belief that “the examined life is not worth living.”
The song suggests that the characters should live “skimming the surface.” Does that suggest that we should live life not worrying about civic duty, enlightenment, and/or maturity? From Socrates to Mill, I feel like all the theorists we have read would disagree with the meaning of this song.