Wouldn’t it be awesome if we could live in a world where we could forgive as quickly as we choose? Wouldn’t it be great if we could live in a world where we could stop judging people based on the 5% we know about them? Wouldn’t it be better if we were kind more and judged less?As we are trying to find who we are as we go through life, searching for meaning and understanding, looking for direction in life; we go through constantly comparing ourselves and building ourselves up by tearing each other down, because we want to show we’re better by comparison. Here we are in Australia. Australia’s suicide rate is so high that one person dies every 3 hours. This is a nation that has been shaken not just by suicide but by death everywhere from 6th grade to high school senior for reasons that we may never know.
People of the community are asking why? Parents of students are asking why is this happening? What can we do? The main cause… Bullying. Bullying is an issue that we cause, not them. Us as a statistic, us as that 12-17-year-olds of Generation Z. So, tell me why should our mothers, fathers, aunts and uncles, grandmothers, grandfathers, and friends have to deal with our problem and our mistakes?1 in 4 school students are reported to be bullied every week. This statistic is far too high for an act in which us a cohort are performing on each other.
Titanium is a song produced and co-written by David Guetta and performed by Australian singer/songwriter Sia. Titanium talks about inner strength and being strong in ourselves even when the world is throwing its worst at you, including bullies and all the negativity that comes along with them. The lyrics throughout this song use many different literary elements to portray the message of the song such as metaphors, imagery, and symbolism. When people treat us badly, we don’t let those bullies win, we stand strong together and don’t fall. As the song states, we must be “titanium”. The first verse speaks about ignoring people who criticise us through the allegory “I’m criticized but all your bullets ricochet”. The song uses “guns and bullets” as a metaphor to represent the hateful words and comments people say to and about us. Sia, in the chorus of the song, sings about being bullet-proof, meaning we should not worry about the things these bullies say, and when we are shot down with bullets we just let them ricochet.
Throughout the second verse, Sia talks about how bullies continue to shoot us down, but it is not us that will be hurt if we stand our ground, with the metaphor “Cut me down. But it’s you who’ll have further to fall”. This song gives a significant message to give to those who are bullied by the people of Australia and their spewing of disgusting words and comments. It is clear to see bullying is a major issue for Australia.