Via Tracie Egan, Lil Wayne said something completely brilliant to Katie Couric when she asked if he was a role model. Ponder this:

"If you need an example for how to live, then you just shouldn’t have been born."

But everyone needs a role model. Wayne had Rabbit. Ah, but the onset of maturity is the realization that your role models are flawed, imperfect creatures and you have to form yourself from the void. And the onset of centeredness is forgiving your role models their imperfections, which is a form of forgiving yourself for needing them earlier in your life. Wayne is overly harsh here, but he’s still correct. The question to ask is not whether someone is a role model, but why people are looking for role models in the first place.

Spencer Ackerman

Spencer Ackerman

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