I won't blunt my blade for cut these chains

from Frank Ocean – Wise Man Lyrics on Rap Genius

Meaning

Jean Jack Rousseau famously said that ‘all men are born free, yet everywhere are put into chains.’ We are constantly put into chains; we like to think we are free and autonomous, but everywhere we go, we are denied our freedom and autonomy. In school we learn what we are told we must learn, in work we do as our boss says we must do, for large portions of our life we have no freedom. But though life puts him in chains, he will never ever contemplate ‘cutting these chains’ and ending his life; he would rather to live a life that is, as Hobbes put it, “solitary, poor, nasty, brutish, and short” than to take his own life. This lack of freedom is not the only thing that would get the protagonist down though; his problems at finding love, shown by his contemplation that perhaps the heart is a mere organ, might lead him to contemplate ‘cut(ting) these chains".

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