The Fall: “Falling from the Heights of Arrogance”

The poem documents the transformation of Two Dope, who starts to fall from his pride and encounters a very special person.

The previous six poems revealed Two Dope’s ego and eventually tore it down. As a last-ditch effort to reclaim any semblance of grandeur, decides to take a plane trip to Heaven and force God off his throne.

In his head, Two Dope truly believes that his plan will work. But considering Two Dope’s past troubles, the reader can sit back and watch the madness unfold as his pride takes him to a different destination.

Alright, this is your captain Two Dope speaking
We should be reaching our destination shortly

How Two Dope managed to commandeer a plane is left unexplained. Like the first poem, Two Dope likes to keep certain things a mystery.

What’s interesting about these opening lines is the self-introduction. You would think that he’s talking to the passengers onboard. Yet there is no one else on the plane but him. While this can be seen as a little joke or even a breaking of the fourth wall, it actually reveals his deteriorating sanity. This is clearly a suicide mission, and he’s fully committed to it.

Don’t worry, no need for parachutes or precaution
I’m confident that we will reach our destination flawless

A little revelation to his reckless nature, as well as a bit of foreshadowing to his plan failing.

Wait, what’s happening?
Why are the red lights flashing?

What should be no surprise to the reader is leaving Two Dope in a state of panic. The plane is now experiencing issues. Like an escape scene in an action movie, Two Dope is surrounded by obstacles that he needs to overcomes. Although it seems unlikely that he will succeed, his pride clouds the severity of the situation.

My altitude should be ascending.
I swore I didn’t need preparations
before I started take off.
Now the wings are flying off.
No, this can’t be my season yet.

Instead of reaching Heaven, Two Dope is now falling towards Earth. Expecting an easy and straightforward journey, the current scenario is quite the contrary.

Oh, no the engines want to act unemployed

Even with everything around him literally apart, Two Dope still finds time to joke around.

So they weren’t just babbling nonsense
when they told me his aircraft Babel
couldn’t reach the fathoms of space

Through a sudden burst of insight, Two Dope now realizes the futility of his mission. Even when others tried to warn him, he still wanted to reach the heights of Heaven, as the name of his aircraft suggests.

In the eleventh chapter of Genesis, people came together to build “a tower with its top in the heavens” (Genesis 11:4). When God saw what was going on, he confused the language of the people, preventing the tower from ever being finished. In a similar way, God is sabotaging the plane in order to stop Two Dope’s ambition for personal prominence.

Now face to face with my own hubris,
I wish there was a way to reverse this.

Realizing the error of his prideful ways, Two Dope hopes to somehow survive this dire predicament. He’s accepting the consequences of his actions and surrenders to his fate.

Skydiving to an open grave, soon to meet my Maker.
Gravity’s prisoner, a meteor crashing
towards an innocent bystander.

The plane is now torn apart. Two Dope is currently dropping at an accelerated speed. With no expectations of surviving the fall, he ends up encountering someone who could break his fall.

Actually, I think I know this person.
Wasn’t He the man that bore the world’s burdens
I heard he was blameless, upright, and perfect.
Yet the religious crucified him,
and he didn’t deserve it.

As he gets closer to the ground, Two Dope is reminded of who this person is. Isaiah 53, Psalm 22, and plenty other prophecies of the Old Testament point to a Messiah that would be crucified for the sins of the world. His eyes are opened and it’s apparent that Two Dope is encountering Jesus Christ.

I had no scratches, no other reaction
than to thank Him for His sacrifice.
For being at the right place,
at the right time.

Despite falling from the atmosphere, Two Dope miraculously didn’t die. In fact, he walked from it unscathed. Understanding that this was no mere coincidence,

Lord, I am sinner.
I tried to usurp heaven from you.

This last verse is a reiteration of the Sinner’s Prayer. It’s the confession of one’s sins and believing that Jesus Christ died and rose from the grave, conquering sin and death for those who place their trust in Him.

The previous mentions of Two Dope being a Christian was merely him adopting a Christian worldview. So while he did feel guilty about the sins he committed, it didn’t lead to any heart change.

I wanted no one to be above me.
But now seeing the love you have for me,
I’m done living for my own glory.

Like Lucifer, Two Dope wanted to be like God and failed due to his pride. Challenging God’s sovereignty led to a fall that could have killed Two Dope. Because of God’s grace and mercy, he got a second chance at life.

I no longer want to be dope.
I just want to rely on your hope.

Letting go of his pride, Two Dope decides to follow God and trust in His plans. It can also be a renouncing of his alias, deciding to now go by a new identity.

The title of this poem is a reference to Adam and Eve’s disobedience in the Garden of Eden. Sin entered the world, disrupting man’s connection with God. Rather than live for God’s glory, we seek glory for ourselves.

From a colloquial standpoint, to take the fall from someone is to carry the burdens that you aren’t responsible for, which is what Jesus did on the cross. And while the crash was a result of Two Dope’s carelessness and ego, Jesus loved him enough to take the full force of his fall. This selfless love transformed Two Dope, causing him to finally give up his futile pursuit of being God. From this point on, he will take the form of a servant. No longer prideful, but humbled.

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