WELCOME TO THE CAFÉ
John: Welcome to the Café Guillotine, episode 1. My name is John: poet, laveyan satanist and political radical in Drone City. With me is Lilou: singer, visual artist and hardcore individualist. This written podcast is for you who seek new ideas, new understanding and a new way for culture critics to thrive in the 21st century. Today’s topic is “why you should try!”
I thereby turn to you, Lilou. In a world where culture is reduced to wares on a supermarket shelf, why should one even try to create something different, something unique?
Lilou: Because we live in a time where one who is unique has a chance to shine brighter than ever.
John: You mean that mainstream mediocrity is making it much easier for original artists to come forward?
Lilou: Not to come forward but to shine in comparison.
John: What is it then that makes mainstream culture “less shiny” if you get my point, and what is it that one can offer that shines more?
Lilou: One can offer depth and life experience.
John: But looking around you, is depth and life experience of high value in today’s world? Most people seem to value shallow illusions, or do you mean there is a desire for something else?
Lilou: Shallow people want what other people want. The people who want depth are harder to find, but when they find you they are faithful to you.
LIKE WILD FLOWERS
John: That was very beautifully put. You say it is hard to find people who want depth, why is that and where do you think they can be found?
Lilou: It is hard because they are usually distanced from people, which means you have to find them yourself and gain their trust.
John: You mean like find them one by one, like wild animals that mistrust you at first, but maybe will come closer?
Lilou: Like wild flowers.
John: How do you mean? When I think wild flowers I think you have to look beneath all the other vegetation and deep in the forest, is that what you mean, if so it sounds like you can put an entire lifetime into finding those people and bring them together?
Lilou: I have never understood why people buy expensive flowers when there are beautiful flowers by the side of the road. Other people don’t find them, don’t see them, don’t value them.
John: As a radical I find that a very anti-capitalist way of looking at the world, like “don’t buy lots of stuff, instead try to appreciate the things around you?” Do you think of it as a radical message?
Lilou: Not at all, but maybe others perceive it that way.
John: This is deep. Because in my ears you are extremely radical, but you don’t see yourself like that, because to you it’s just “the way it is”, almost as a way of life or a mindset, is that a better way to describe it?
Lilou: Of course it is.
John: Would you say there is some kind of religious or philosophical view behind that mindset that people perhaps, at least as I would have thought, should embrace in order to get the same mindset?
Lilou: I think people should do what feels right for them and if they don’t feel and know what’s right for them, they should figure out why they don’t, since they’ve lost that ability.
John: That sounds a bit like Aleister Crowley’s old motto: “Do what thou wilt”. Do you mean that people should follow whatever feels good at the moment, or do you mean that people should figure out what is really good for them in the long run?
Lilou: I don’t see the difference?
John: I mean if the short-sighted good is to sell drugs and the long term good is to find someone to love and have children.
Lilou: Selling drugs is not good for you.
John: But some people may perceive it as good since it means easy money. How can a person tell the difference between what is good for him or her, and what perhaps “sounds” good at first glance, but isn’t?
Lilou: Most people know selling drugs isn’t good for you, and as I said, if you don’t know what is good for you, you should figure out why you stopped listening to your inner voice.
John: Okay, so you mean there is a sense of “what is good and bad for me” in every person, that we must find in order to grow as human beings. Is that somehow connected to the difference between shallow and deep people? What I mean is, have shallow people lost that ability?
Lilou: We need it to be happy and to make good decisions. Yes, shallow people have lost that ability.
John: Do you think deep people should focus their energy toward helping those shallow people to recover or do you think deep people should instead focus their energy toward finding other deep people?
Lilou: If they wish to save someone, they should, but it’s time and energy consuming. I personally think they should focus on surrounding themselves with conscious minds, conscious people.
John: And since those people apparently exist, I believe we have an answer to why you should try. Instead of trying to convince shallow people to find their true conscience we should all focus on trying to find as many deep people as possible to surround us with, and to connect with our inner wisdom. Thank you for sharing your thoughts.
Lilou: I feel like a hippie.
John: Which should be the topic for next talk: why is it that shallow people have stolen the concept of “inner wisdom” from the deep people? Thanks to everyone who has been reading. Please enjoy Malaise from our last album that deals with the topic of finding your own voice. Until then, take care!