You the perfect mold
To turn a soul into what it needs to be when you up in the dirt
Rough translation (Younger Soul speaking to Older Khan): You are the right father/mentor (“the perfect mold”) to raise your child (“turn a soul”) to maturity/development/someone to be proud of (“into what it needs to be”) by the time you die (“when you up in the dirt”).
This is a deeper schematic flip than the child quip and multi (perfect mold/turn a soul) at face value suggest. The younger Soul is predicting what he will be like as a father, and, at the same time, advising and encouraging his older self, as though the older version of him might need it. Remember that you are a good man, a good father.
This is the converse, pun intended, of the old wise man story so prevalent in the Western literary tradition. From Cicero’s “On Old Age” (re: Cato the Elder) to the Introduction of Machiavelli’s “The Prince” to “Tuesdays With Morrie”, we see a fulfilled old man trying to pass on what he has learned throughout a long life. In contrast, although not unique, it’s certainly refreshing to have the young man advise and talk to the older every once in a while, instead of doing all the listening. Props to Khan for going this route.
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