His origami dream is beautiful, but man, those wings will never leave the ground
Without a feather and a lottery ticket,
It is great to live the creative life of a rapper or artist, they can create beautiful things for a living. But no matter how beautiful you make a origami bird, it is still going to stay grounded, it is only made of paper. This origami bird is a symbol for a struggling artist without money, gifted but not successful. Aesop is saying it’s going to take luck to make it in this world. The beauty created by the artist isn’t enough, and the lottery ticket may not be enough either, if you’re not lucky.
The bird is a metaphor for how while the American Dream is doing what you do for a living, it really isn’t a dream at all without money. You could be much better off winning the lottery than if you put your life into creating beautiful things. The lottery ticket to the artist represents the same thing as a feather does to the origami bird- without it, it is difficult to succeed. In a literal sense, one cannot fly if he’s made of paper, he’ll need wings made of feathers to do so. Also, one needs money to “take off” or rather begin to strive towards success in this world.
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