ON TOP of the radio charts today is “Who am I?“, a gospel song performed by a Christian rock band named Casting Crowns.
The other weekend when I had to stay in the office to help my students polish their degree papers, I listened to the song 43 times (yes, I tallied!) in two days, not exactly by choice, I assure you, as all radio stations were playing it incessantly. To the vulnerable, it would seem a perfectly inspirational song. For me, however, it brings much discomfort. The song insults humanity. It insults me… and you.
The musical piece sets off on a nice note though. It poses the most important and meaningful of man’s questions.
Who am I?
“The unexamined life is not worth living”, posits Socrates. All inquiries must be rooted in the self, and so I honestly like the first line.
But then the insult begins… Continue reading