Too Many Gods

The song “Too Many Gods” by Asap Rocky Joey Badass from the album, For the Throne is undeniably poetry. From the title of the song to lyrics this song is written in almost all figurative language. It is one of my favorite songs because of the angelic beat and tone. “Too Many Gods” is a song where Asap Rocky and Joey Badass rap about the overabundance of God-like figures in the world.

The central idea of this song is that there are too many people portrayed as “God” in the world and that not everyone can be a god. We get this in the first stanza where the song reads…

“Tell me why we go to war, too many gods
Tell me what we praying for, too many gods
Feel like things will never change, I swear to God
Sometimes I wonder if God ever prays for me (ooh)
Tell me why we go to war, too many gods
Tell me what we praying for, too many gods”

There is a pattern where the first and last two sentences of this stanza end with “too many gods”. They use this phrase as something to blame war on and the reason we pray. Asap Rocky is saying we have war become there are too many people portrayed as “Gods”. The phrase “too many gods” can also just mean a lot of gods. This stanza can be interpreted as Asap Rocky saying we go to war for the gods as if they are protecting them or standing with them.

In the second stanza Asap Rocky sings…

“Battle scars, too many spores
Knight in shining armor, such a pretty wh*re
Strange screams down the corridors
Divide, conquer, call it yours
Another false prophet’s on the thrones”

He begins rhyming every word/sound at the end of each line and speeds up the pace of the song and changes the tone from relaxed to more chaotic and dark. This stanza also speaks back to meaning of the song and there being too many “fake” gods when its says “false prophets on the throne”.

In conclusion, the song ends with…

“Life is too short to be living in fear
‘Specially when you know winter is here”

This sort of contradicts the whole song as its saying it doesn’t really matter because life is so short.

Inside The Mind of Meursault

The Stranger written by Albert Camus is largely a flow of consciousness into a character, Meursault. Things happen in the plot, events that would change someone’s life permanently, but the narration is so distant that it brings the focus away from the plot and to the mind of the character.

With Meursault as well as Camus’ portrayal of Sisyphus in “The Myth of Sisyphus”, the characters that are attached to existentialism aren’t very deep thinkers. Sisyphus goes from sad to happy, Meursault is more complicated in that he isn’t necessarily feel happy or sad, or important even in his own head. He finds some enjoyment in daily activities like eating and napping, and finds conversations interesting, but he feels neither unhappy or content.

For a lot of the story, Camus seems to throw problems and events at Meursault to see how he reacts. And for the most part, Meursault’s lifestyle is stagnant. The eleven months that pass of his questioning have virtually no effect on his mental state, and his five months in prison only act as recovery from things like going to the beach and smoking. Meursault values life for the sole purpose of being able to live, but there’s no reason for him to value time. The reader knowing the internal thoughts of Meursault shifts changes their views on a character like Meursault and allows for many different perspectives of him to be found.

Conversation About Bread

“A Conversation about Bread” by Nafissa Thompson-Spires shows the struggles of what it’s like being a POC at a mostly white school. The short story follows Brian and Eldwin as they interview as part of a project. During this interview, it becomes clear just how out of place the men feel sometimes. They state how they are constantly being watched and asked questions. Brian, who is in a wheelchair, says he is “more self conscious about his black maleness than his disability”. He says that he is constantly judged for his action just because of his skin color, just like his mother was while in college. Although the two men attend prestigious universities, they are still being treated differently, which just shows how prevalent racism is in the US. This short story brought attention to the every day things that other people don’t have to think about.

Responding to Benjamin

Benjamin argues that for a person to reach an ideal subjectivity, they must be viewed as a subject by someone else. Jessica Benjamin also states that the model of identity originates from when a child begins to be able to separate feelings and thoughts from his mothers. This happens when a child can truly understand himself. Benjamin claims individuality comes down to connectivity and separation. As children grow up and they have less connectivity they will also have less subjectivity altering things in their lives. Also her goal is to have the premise of identity to not depend on the rejections of others. She believes this all stems from a need for recognition. Benjamin says that for the power in a relationship to be stable both partners must view each other as a subject. She also states that true independence comes from “asserting the self and recognizing the other¨.