Socratic Dialogue: Tupac and Socrates

Socrates: First let me say that it is a pleasure to meet you. I truly enjoy your music. I also noticed that it touches upon some serious issues.
Tupac: Yeah, Socrates. Can I call you Soc? It's a pleasure to meet you, too. I'm glad to be able to pick your brain. So you like my music?
Socrates: Of course. And the lyrics are moving, especially your songs that comment on the political and social injustices in the United States. It reminds me a lot of my native Athens, because in both cases the supposed democratic system lets citizens down. I think we have a lot in common, because I was also persecuted and killed. But there are some underlying issues I wouldn't mind discussing with ...

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there's a lot of anger in my music and in my lyrics. But I am attempting to transcend this pain by reaching out to other brothers who are feeling the same thing.
Socrates: So, you feel that your criminal actions are condonable because it enables you to connect and relate to the persecuted members of society, in this case, African-Americans?
Tupac: Sort of. I mean, in "Me against the World," where those lyrics come from, I say straight out, "politics and hypocrites, they don't want to listen." And also "Through this suppression / they punish the people that's asking questions." It's about the continued subjugation and enslavement of my people, which is now so deeply engrained in American life that most people don't notice.
Socrates: But is that really true, or are you reveling in being a victim?
Tupac: Hey, man, I ain't revelin' in nothing. The people who are suffering in the ghettos have no way out. Way out to what? So we can live in the suburbs? Is there real happiness ...

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