Director's Angle hakanamatata

Published on June 10th, 2014 | by Olumide

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Hakuna Matata (Lion King Series 2)

Today, I’ll continue on my Lion King series and will be talking about the Hakuna Matata philosophy. It comes into the story at a time when young Simba is confused, depressed and overburdened with guilt and shame. He has been made to believe that he killed his own father and his entire tribe is against him. He has also just escaped being killed by a pack of hyenas.

At this point, he comes in contact with a couple of friends, Timon and Pumba. They offer him a way out of his troubles: it’s called the Hakuna Matata philosophy. Here’s what it is:

It means no worries for the rest of your days

It’s a problem free philosophy

Hakuna Matata

In simple terms, hakuna matata means: forget your troubles! If you forget them and behave as if they don’t exist, then they won’t. You have no responsibilities or challenges. If something is too tough, just find a way to bypass it. You are meant to enjoy life so choose the path of least resistance.

Simba adopted this philosophy and he was happy, or so it seemed. And in case you are thinking he was a fool, are you sure you are not applying Hakuna Matata one way or the other? Are you that guy who has challenges with school and instead of facing it, rather pretends they aren’t there? Or are you that lady whose marriage is in turmoil and keeps getting busier and busier at work in an effort to forget the troubles at home? Are you that young man who gets drunk and high on drugs all the time to give himself some temporary happiness and happy wheels demo forget his troubles? Hakuna matata is a philosophy that surrounds us! It even explains why many people prefer only to pray to God over matters that He has given them the ability to solve.

But guess what? Hakuna matata is a lie. The only people that are entirely problem-free are dead people! No matter how much you pretend to yourself, your problems will not run away! You have to face them. And this was what Simba realized when he finally came in contact with wise old Rafiki. Rafiki dealt him a knock on the head and when Simba felt the pain, Rafiki showed him that even though it was already in the past, the past could hurt. The only solution to the pain hidden in the past was to confront it heads on. Problems are not wished away. Problems are confronted and tackled!

Permit me to close with a few quotations:

Problems are not stop signs, they are guidelines- Robert Schuller

It’s not that I’m so smart, it’s just that I stay with problems longer- Albert Einstein

Death is the solution to all problems. No man – no problem- Joseph Stalin

Expect problems and eat them for breakfast- Alfred A. Montapert

The best years of your life are the ones in which you decide your problems are your own. You do not blame them on your mother, the ecology, or the president. You realize that you control your own destiny- Albert Ellis

Listeners, never forget today’s lesson: problems must be confronted. There is no such thing as “hakuna matata”.

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