(This experiment should take you ~25 minutes if you listen to most of the songs all the way through. You'll probably have a lot of fun, too, but that's entirely up to you.)
I keep running into this song--It came up at least three times in conversation yesterday. Rather than becoming paranoid about Disney's diabolical plan (carried out by their co-conspirators, the Masons) to influence my DVD purchasing habits, I've decided that this is a great way to combine with something useful (useful for me, perhaps for you as well): a refresher in phenomenological methodology.
(If this is all because I'm a Cylon... Well, there's nothing I can do about that. But do let me know if you've been hearing the same song.)
First, a brief overview of what I'm trying to accomplish:
Literally, phenomenology is the study of "phenomena": appearances of things, or things as they appear in our experience, or the ways we experience things, thus the meanings things have in our experience. Phenomenology studies conscious experience as experienced from the subjective or first person point of view.
(From the Stanford Encyclopedia.)
I'll try to describe this better later, but perhaps it's best if we just carry on with the experiment.
First, listen to Hakuna Matata. (If you don't see it at the top of this post, then you probably don't have flash installed.)
Now listen to these songs:
(You don't have to listen to each one all the way through, but try to get a "feel" for what the song is saying with words and with music.)
Now, select which of the songs you experienced in a way that fits with Hakuna Matata.
To put Husserl's methodology into a sardine can: Hakuna Matata is a Noema, something that we are intending in our experience. Noesis, the "intentional process of consciousness", is the process we are engaged in when we look at the world. The point of this experiment is to find out how many of these songs fit into a similar Noema; how many of these songs say "Hakuna Matata"? Once we can answer that question intuitively, just by listening and getting "back to the songs themselves", it'll be easier to step back and understand why they fit together, and possibly to understand the Noesis that attends to "no worries".