I have a great idea! I’m going to take two completely separate ideas and mash them together in an attempt to give them some sort of cohesion and make a point. AKA this is my Greek philosopher impersonation.
So anyway, happy November! One month left and then we will be changing to another calendrical year. How exciting! With November comes three things that I care about: the NBA season starts to gain momentum, it is epilepsy awareness month… and Thanksgiving. As much as I’d like to blog about LeBron, I’m going to write about the latter of the two.
And now I’m going to talk about rap. Love it or hate it, rap is a very expressive form of art. I will be the first to admit that I don’t like many rappers, and I definitely don’t like explicit rap, but lately I listened to a song that really got me thinking. The song is by Kendrick Lamar, entitled “How Much a Dollar Costs.” The point of the song is Kendrick, who is a rich and influential rapper, encounters a homeless man begging him for a dollar. Kendrick, who has a religious background, acts contrary to how he knows he should (even when the beggar asks if Kendrick has recently “opened up Exodus 14”, which offers a lesson on humility). He continually asks himself “how much a dollar cost” throughout the song, pondering the true value of money. When confronted with the beggar he becomes angry, claiming, “Crumbs and pennies, I need all of mine,” and that “Every nickel is mine to keep.” Basically, Kendrick completely snaps on the poor beggar.
The homeless man then quickly pulls a 180 on Kendrick, making a statement about how people should treat one another. He reveals that in face he is actually God in disguise, alluding to another parable of the Bible. He answers, “You’re lookin’ at the Messiah, the son of Jehovah, the higher power, The choir that spoke the word, the Holy Spirit, the nerve of Nazareth, and I’ll tell you just how much a dollar cost: The price of having a spot in Heaven. Embrace your loss, I am God.”
So the point of the song is that earthly wealth is never more important the eternal salvation, and people should always be thankful for what they have and willing to share if they have enough. Kendrick demonstrates that the figurative cost of a dollar can be much more expensive than the actual value of the dollar, and it is a very impactful song.
So, all of that being said, let me conclude: As Thanksgiving approaches, a time to express our gratitude for the things we have in our life, pay special attention to how blessed we truly are. Remember the priorities in your life and why they are important to you. Feel free to leave commentary/feedback on my post below. Keep pressing on, my friends.
– Jesse Haynes