"We don't hit the road cause we are thugs
Don't come out the womb wanna sell drugs
If we got the right guidance and love
Would we fight people just like us?
How could I knock the hustle to get by?
How do you think I ate as a child?
Judge no one, done many things wrong
Just don't boast about em in songs"
- Akala, Fire in the Booth Part I
*Note this is an opinion piece in response to
Confucius once said that the beginning of wisdom is to call things by their name. It sounds like something you’d pull out of a fortune cookie, but the more you think about it the more it makes sense. After all the motto of my alma mater (Latin for that place which charges you 30,000 dollars for a fancy bit of paper) is sapere aude – dare to be wise. It seems fitting that I should exercise the capacity for wisdom, instilled upon me in exchange for a kidney and my firstborn child, especially when it comes to reading the news.
Born somewhere between the old world of Korea and the new world of New Zealand Isaac is an award winning writer, teacher of literature and nomad currently residing in Nanjing.