How can the U2 song," I Still Haven't found what I'm Looking For", be intrupted for one's life? How would one use this song to sybolize one's life?How can the U2 song," I Still Haven't found...

How can the U2 song," I Still Haven't found what I'm Looking For", be intrupted for one's life? How would one use this song to sybolize one's life?

How can the U2 song," I Still Haven't found what I'm Looking For", be intrupted for one's life? How would one use this song to sybolize one's life?

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lfawley eNotes educator| Certified Educator

I love this song! U2 has done an excellent job of being modern day poets and interpreting life, politics, and culture through their art (music). In particular, this song is a detailed examination of the feelings that we all go through as we search for meaning and purpose in our lives. As we grow older, many of us look into ourselves and examine what it is that we want to do with our lives, what impact we can make on the world, and even what our legacy to the world will be after we are gone.

The opening stanza speaks of doing everything for someone else - climbing mountains, scaling walls, just to be with someone else does not make us whole. We can dedicate our lives to someone else and to that person's purpose, but in doing so we run the risk of not finding what it is that we are searching for.

The second verse speaks of individual accomplishments, both good and evil, that have still resulted in the speaker not finding his or her own meaning.

Finally, religion is examined as not being always the answer in and of itself. You can believe in a higher power, an afterlife, yet still not find the meaning of this life.

We are all travelers on a journey of self-exploration that, if we are lucky, lasts us our entire lifetime. If we ever find what it is that we are looking for, what will be the meaning of the rest of our lives? If we lead lives of inquiry, running from experience to experience, always questing for something more, then we are truly living the life that we have been given to live.

literaturenerd eNotes educator| Certified Educator

I tend to look at songs as symbolic for my own life; like many other people. I listen to the sad songs when I am sad, the happy songs when happy, and the inspirational ones when I need a boost.

For me, the song represents all of the things that we think we have to do to meet a goal in life, but don't quite realize the things are wrong. It seems like the message of the song is that everything but the RIGHT thing has been done to "find what I'm looking for".

Sometimes we have to go through this long laundry list of what needs to be done to accomplish something. We make this mental numerical list that we tick off as we accomplish each level to get us closer to our goal. Sometimes, there is only one thing that we need to do and we simply have to extinguish all of the other possibilities until we fall upon the right one.

Lori Steinbach eNotes educator| Certified Educator

While there can be a negative interpretation for this song title--never finding contentment, being restless and dissatisfied throughout life--it seems to me to be reflective of the journey we call life.  Even when we have a good job, we can do better or more.  Even if we've found love, there are always more people with whom we can share our love.  Even if we've reached the pinnacle of success in our chosen fields, we can be better.  Living in a continually dissatisfied or discontent or "lost" state is not a good thing; however, living in a way that is always looking for more or better makes the journey more satisfying. 

litteacher8 eNotes educator| Certified Educator
Each person has to find his own way to a symbol, but I think songs can be good inspiration. I don't believe that one song can be the symbol for a person's whole life. At different points n your life, you are interested in different things and would be represented by different songs.
frizzyperm | Student

This song is about Bono's fruitless search for a meanigful relationship with Jesus/God/Trinity. He tries and he tries and he tries and he tries, but he never really finds Jesus. But he wants to. Bono has written endlessly about his troubled relationship with the Catholic Church and it is only possible to understand many of his songs by realising he is speaking to Jesus a lot of the time. His name is Bono Vox, (good voice) the name given to him by his church choir-master when he was seven. Since then, Bono has been searching for something he barely hopes to find.

Nearly all U2's songs follow this theme. Bono is a reluctantly lapsed Catholic searching for the lost, solid belief of his childhood. He has said so himself. He still hasn't found what he's looking for. He wants to be with God, but can't find him.