Just because I’m pro-life
Don’t mean I'm not pro-choice
Reading Dostoevsky don’t mean I read Tolstoy

from Homeboy Sandman – The Carpenter Lyrics on Rap Genius

Meaning

Sandman is indicating he’s a complex individual with idiosyncratic and even seemingly contradictory viewpoints, both in terms of politics and in terms of cultural appreciation.

Pro-life and pro-choice are often seen as opposites, but Homeboy indicates that the latter does not contradict the former, either because he approves of a legal right to abortion but hopes that it will not be exercised, or because he does not view a fetus in embryo as a “life”.

Dostoevsky and Tolstoy are often seen as deeply similar, but in fact each works with a very different set of themes, the former more Christian-existentialist, the latter more historical-romanticist.

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