Will he make it out alive? Alright, alright, no church in the wild
A non-believer has a fight on their hands, as there is nothing to save you in the wild.
Jay-Z expresses a similar sentiment on “Empire State of Mind”:
Jay and ‘Ye have (over the last several projects) expressed a very humanistic point of view. They don’t disavow God per se. But they believe that they (and we) are in control of destiny, not some external God. The disadvantaged person in the wild is NOT the non-believer. He has always relied on self. It’s the one who is waiting for help from an external God.
In other words, God helps those who help themselves. Sitting and praying to be saved will do nothing for you; God may give you the will and the power, but you have to choose what to do with it.
Apart from the obvious parallels between some of the favoured themes of hip-hop and the themes of the Great Gatsby, the perfect moment in Chapter 8 after when a clueless neighbor is trying to comfort, George, a mechanic who lives in the white working class version of the wild, whose wife has just been killed as a consequence of the clash of the immorality of the very rich and the excessive, mis-guided American Dreamin' of Gatsby:
“Have you got a church you go to sometimes, George? Maybe even if you haven’t been there for a long time? Maybe I could call up the church and get a priest to come over and talk to you, see?”
“Don’t belong to any.”
“You ought to have a church, George, for times like this [i.e., times when your lying non-monogamous wife has been run over by her lover’s wife, but Gatsby is the one who pays for it an a mistaken "drive-by”]. You must have gone to church once. Didn’t hou get married in a church? Listen, George, listen to me. Didn’t you get married in a church?“
NO CHURCH IN THE WILD.
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