sophiamor
a year ago1,000+ Views
Do We Become Our Parents?

Recently @ben20 brought up Stromae again, so I wanted to share more of his work.

His break-out hit, Papaoutai brings up an interesting of: Do we eventually become like our parents, good or bad?

I personally don't have an answer for that and I think its different for everyone, but I'd love to share the lyrics and video with you and hear what you have to say!

The song begins with a son wishing his father were present in his life, but because of work or a number of other things, he's absent:

Tell me where he came from
Then I'll know where to go
Mama always says when we look really hard
We'll find what we've lost
She says he is never very far away
He often heads off to work
Mama says working is much
Better than being in bad company
Not true?
Where are you Papa?
Tell me, where are you Papa?
Without you having to tell him,
He knows what's hurting you.
Hey damn Papa,
Tell me where you're hiding!
I must have counted at least
A thousand times, to ten
Where are you? Papa, where are you?
Where are you? Papa, where are you?
Where are you? Papa, where are you?
Where are you, where are you, Papa, where are you?

But then, do you become like your parents?

The song takes a turn and reflects on what the sons or daughters become:

Even, whether we believe it or not
There'll be a day we'll believe it no more
One day or another, we'll all be the Papa
And from one day to another, we'll also have vanished.
Will we be hated?
Will we be loved?
Forefathers or geniuses
Tell us...who gives birth
To irresponsible men?!
Come on, tell us who does?
Everyone knows
How babies are made
But no one knows
How fathers are made
Mister Know-it-All,
It's in our blood, that's it.
Where are you? Papa, where are you?
Where are you? Papa, where are you?
Where are you? Papa, where are you?
Where are you, where are you, Papa, where are you?

So do you think that it's possible for you to grow into your parents without you realizing?

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Not necessarily but it's easy to. Our parents are the only ones we learn from the most as we grow up because we spend the most time with them. This can have 2 effects, we can either able their behavior or detest them. Either way it does create how we want to be.
a year ago·Reply
I mean admire their behavior or detest them...
a year ago·Reply
I think it just depends on who had. agreater impact on your life. Like in a family situation where the father was absent, young boys are often portrayed to grow up absent from THEIR childs life because they never had a father figure meaning they never developed that relationship and therefore don't know how to act with their sons. Meanwhile a daughter in this situation would have been greater impacted by her mother and the inportance of a mother figure in a childs life, whether two parents are present or not. And vice versa.
a year ago·Reply
yup. I have tendencies from both of them
a year ago·Reply
My ex turned into her mom. Trust me, that's not a good thing.
3 months ago·Reply
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