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Mark Foster wrote 'Pumped Up Kicks' to inspire mental illness conversation


Foster The People frontman Mark Foster wrote "Pumped Up Kicks" about mental illness among teenagers in a bid to create a conversation about the need for change.

Last week, the group's popular song, about a mass shooting, was pulled from the airwaves after gunman Adam Lanza opened fire at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., on Dec. 14, killing 20 young children and six adults before allegedly turning the weapon on himself.

Bing: Radio stations pull 'Pumped Up Kicks'

Songwriter Foster agrees with the decision to yank the track out of respect for the victims, but he hopes the renewed attention on the tune's lyrics will lead to a greater good.

A statement from Foster to, reads, "I wrote 'Pumped Up Kicks' when I began to read about the growing trend in teenage mental illness. I wanted to understand the psychology behind it because it was foreign to me. It was terrifying how mental illness among youth had skyrocketed in the last decade. I was scared to see where the pattern was headed if we didn't start changing the way we were bringing up the next generation. ... This song was written as a way to create ongoing dialogue for an issue that was being talked about, but when it came to government intervention, was largely being ignored. ... Now, this topic is finally at the forefront of major discussion and will hopefully lead to some big changes in policy that will prevent these acts of violence from happening in the future. That being said, I respect people's decision to press pause. And if that becomes a catalyst for a bigger conversation that could lead to positive change moving forward, then I absolutely support it. My heart goes out to Newtown and anyone that's ever been affected directly or indirectly by gun violence. The only way we're going to be able to change this, is to raise a loud, booming, unified voice and not let politics get in the way of humanity. We're all neighbours and this is in our back yard. It's only going to stay there if we let it. Peace and love."

Dec 24, 2012 8:59PM


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What is mental illness?  How to understand mental illness?


Mental Illness is an Atheist's term or name. 


In my opinion I can be wrong the correct words to use is "body and or mind possession".


Religion has something to do with mental illness.


In my opinion I can be wrong God "body and or mind possessed" the young kid to shot many other kids in the recent gun shooting.  Why would God shoot and kill kids?  In my opinion I can be wrong to show God's concept is far different from normal human beings.


There is no way to prevent God from doing what God wants to do.    God is too powerful.  However, God gave us religion to give as a loop-hole or a way out from being selected as the shooter or the criminal.  Alone with no God watching, our mind can go wild and may cause us to do something that does not make sense to us after the deed is done.


With strong religious knowledge, hopefully, one can distinguish or detect that bad thoughts entering our mind can be from someone else entering our mind like God's computer thought inserting bad thoughts.  A priest at my high school religion class like to say "resist temptation" or tell the devil I am not listening to you.


The ability to resist depends on whether God already scripted or planned our life or not. 


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