RUSH: When you were a teenager, who were your idols and role models? When you were a teenager, who did you want to meet? Who did you want to be like? Who would you want to grow up and be?
CALLER: Well, gosh, I mean, to be honest the person I wanted to be most proud of me was my mother. I mean, maybe I always thought to myself, “If I do this, would this be okay with her?”
RUSH: Okay, we’re gonna assume your mother was a virtuous person then.
RUSH: All right. But outside your family, who did you want to be seen as? Who did you want to be like? Who did you think was cooler than hell? You wanted to grow up and be them.
CALLER: Gosh, I mean, you know —
RUSH: There’s no wrong answer. It’s not a trick here.
CALLER: You know, to me, I thought I might like to grow up to be in the military or I would be, like, a fireman. When I was a teen or young teen I was thinking those things, those sorts of people in a position both of authority but also with respect.
RUSH: Can you understand that some people want to grow up and be “gangsta” thug rappers?
CALLER: Well, more than ever. Yeah.