Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Non-verbal communication in songs

Although not particularly liking Shakira and Wham, I none the less know of their songs. Hips Don't Lie and Careless Whispers are two songs that caught my attention.

Careless Whispers tells that 'guilty feet has got no rhythm'. When that line is put next to 'hips don't lie', I saw a sweet parallel that speaks of non-verbal communication. It is true that body language is more truthful than spoken language. People can't control the messages communicated by their body than the ones communicated through spoken words. So, if you're feeling guilty, your tongue can deny outright the guilt, or the wrong that gave rise to the guilt. But your feet will betray you; the same way that the hips don't lie.

The idea that a body can't lie is also true in a world that we have yet to see. In alam akhirah, Allah says in surah Ya-Sin "On that day we will seal their mouths; their hands and feet will bear witness to everything they had done[36:65].

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