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I enjoy watching movies. If I have free time and have to think of something to do, movies would be one of my top choices. If the current ones are no good, I’ll look for good classics, even if I have watched them already.

As I reflect on the movie Gladiator, I mostly remember its theme song. It kept playing on and on in my head way after the movie ended. I didn’t remember the lyrics, but the music seemed to be soothing to me. So from time to time, and even now, I like to search for and listen to that music. I always believed that the lyrics were in Latin or some ancient language because I couldn’t understand them, and also because the movie was about a gladiator during the Roman Empire.

One day, just a couple years ago, I decided to search the meaning of the song’s lyrics. To my shock, I found out the composers had made up the lyrics. The lyrics sounded like words, sounded like a language, but they were all made up, which means the lyrics don’t have any meaning at all. So what was the purpose? The composers could have just composed the music without any lyrics. It seemed like a waste of time to create meaningless lyrics.

I think our lives can be like those lyrics, and just like in the theme song, sometimes we don’t understand the meaning, or maybe some things don’t have meaning at all, and we ask, “What’s the purpose?”

The theme song completes the movie, and the lyrics make the song more alive. I don’t think I will ever know why the composers decided to use meaningless lyrics (at least to me they’re meaningless), but to the composers, I’m sure they have their reasons and only they can understand. So, if there are times when we feel like our life is meaningless, maybe it’s not meaningless after all. It may just be that we don’t understand the purpose from our point of view.

Here are some of the lyrics from The Gladiator theme song:

La la da pa da le na da na

Ve va da pa da le na la dumda

Looking at these lyrics, I still raise my eyebrows and say, “What in the world are those words?” But these lyrics are part of a beautiful song, and I think this good movie would be left hanging and incomplete without this unique theme song.