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24 October 2015

One-Minute Essay: "God Gave Me You." Unfortunately, God's Plan is Mysterious (A Humorous Analysis of the Song of the Year)

not exactly a minute,
around 1:30 
God Gave Me You” may be the song of the year, thanks to Alden Richards, who somehow endearingly cries when he sings this song. The song is the perfect love song for many Filipinos who are equally romantic and religious. Rejoice! We are all part of the AlDub nation that has now taken the character of a religious phenomenon. The Catholic Church has even given AlDub Kalyeserye an award for espousing good and clean values on network TV. Sorry "Showtime," allegedly pimping Pastillas Girl does not merit a nod from the moral watchdogs. 

On a humorous note, I find the song quite religiously philosophical in an ironic way. I often wonder. What about all those men and women who unluckily found abusive partners? What about all those women who married men who turned out to be womanizers or lazy deadbeats? Does God intentionally send physically, emotionally or verbally abusive partners? Is this God’s way of showing some men and women “what’s real”? And why would God bless one person and curse another? The song presents a dilemma for some theists.

"God blessed them"
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Many of us have had many relationships. Some of us found partners who turned out to be lying snakes, indifferent selfish narcissists or cheating lechers and so on. As the song confidently declares, 


“There's more to life than just how I feel 
And all that I'm worth is right before my eyes.” 

Oh dear, were all our past lovers an indication of our worth? I disagree. Perhaps that is why I quickly dispose mine.

“God Gave Me You” is a hopeful, beautiful, saccharine yet somewhat fatalistic romantic song, and if sung by the “Pambansang Bae,” the song can bring you to tears. Yes, there is hope indeed. And as Eurythmics once sang, 


“Sweet dreams are made of these, 

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