Archives for the month of: November, 2016

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Devil, who in the meantime had turned to a much bigger and now decidedly empty glass, was sitting not far from Mouse and Skeleton Edeltraut and overheard their conversation. “But, Mouse,” he butted in,  “that is exactly what they want us to do: continue with our lives as if nothing happened!”

“C’mon, my dear Devil, you never do what others want you to do. Isn’t it up to us individuals not to become apathetic? So, please don’t ever give up!” Without waiting for his answer she asked him what he would like to get his teeth into next: an anthology “Five years in Dedeland” or “The first Dede year on Instagram.” Can you help him make his mind?

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“Life will go on” said Skeleton “it always does!”

“It has to” confirmed Mouse. “We have to decide what to do for our anniversary next month.”

“Yeah, time to come out of the closet and dance like there is no tomorrow” sang the skeleton and shook her lovely bones.

Mouse admitted she hasn’t got very far with the preparations yet, because no-one is helping her. Yesterday, though, she put on the Dedelive website some background information. Click on the button “Why I play with puppets” on the front page for a brief presentation by the artist. It sheds some light on the reason for the Dede’s existence.

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“Maybe it won’t be that bad. It will be business as usual and I will simply keep my head down,” said Daredevil getting up.

“Don’t kid yourself, there will be a small but subtle change that will affect everybody big time” said Devil sitting in front of a half full/half empty glass. “At the moment we live in a society where everything that’s not explicitly forbidden is allowed. In future, everything that is not explicitly allowed will be forbidden. Think about it. What do you personally prefer?”

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“That is so typical of Witch” complained Daredevil. “She goes on and on about reasons and then buggers off. But what we need are workable solutions. Look, I am tired. I have protested and fought for and against everything under the sun. What we used to do obviously didn’t work, so what now? I am at my wit’s end. Help!”

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“And now, here is the last question for you” Detail said. “You are a witch, so why don’t you eradicate evil then?”

“Too right, I am a witch, not the Almighty” replied Witch. “Sadly, I only can try. Just like everyone else.” Then she grabbed her broom and rode off into the sunset, happy to escape the spotlight.

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Oops, I left out yesterday’s post. It wasn’t important. It was just, that Mouse got concerned about our 5th anniverary because the Dedes seemed to be more divided than ever before. Detail wanted to push on with her questions to Witch first and then deal with the anniversary. So here is the fourth question: “If there is one thing you could eradicate from the world, what would it be?”

We got a lot of responses from our Instagram readers, but let’s jump straight to Witch’s answer:

“I changed my mind about this one” said Witch, and allowed everyone a quick look into her crystal ball. “Last time I said racism. But now I say we have to eradicate the root of all evil, the narcissists. The ones who believe they are superior to others and the world owes them. These narcissists prey on the vulnerable with promises of riches and power, sow hatred and divide society into good and bad according to their own worldview.”

Then she explained there are not that many true narcissists around. Sadly you can’t argue with them, they will never budge and would rather take the whole world down than admit they were wrong. As for the rest of us we simply have to learn to talk eye-to-eye again. Respect for one another goes a very long way to heal the rift.

Looking at the instagram responses, it appears that yes, taking advantage of an imbalance of power seems to be the gist of it.

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“I knew it, I knew it, you wrinkly old bat,” screamed Bossman, “you and your goody-two shoes half-wit friends are against business. We are not supposed to make profit.”

“I beg to differ,” said Witch calmly. “If you’d listened carefully I said ‘I can’t understand that some put profit above’…”

“That is f@$&ing splitting hairs. Go back to your cauldron where you belong!”

Witch turned away and mumbled “this is another thing I don’t get my head around: why do some believe that by screaming personal insults they will be taken seriously. Can anybody enlighten me, please?”

 

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“I can’t get my head around people putting profit over humanity and the environment” said Witch.

This was her answer three years ago and it still is. Now she wonders whether invalidating facts is the feel-good pill for greed. Top Dog goes round like a petulant four-year-old proclaiming Global Warming is a hoax. How can he have the expertise when scientists have spent their lifetime researching?

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The life boat analogy has caused a bit of a stir among our Instagram readers. Particularly Detail’s comment about stepping up or down into the life raft. This morning Devil, the eldest of all Dedes lamented: “We might as well give up. The young puppets don’t want to know what we oldies think and they certainly don’t understand your metaphors, Pirate!”

“Being confused, doesn’t necessarily mean they don’t want to understand,” corrected Pirate and explained what Detail had meant yesterday: Stepping up into the lifeboat means you should abandon ship only when it is sinking and the water is up to your neck. If you can step down onto the raft, your boat is still afloat and you gave up too early. Sending a mayday is entirely up to the skipper of the vessel and therefore, inexperienced sailors might send a mayday even if there is no real danger to life and body. Once a mayday is sent, boats in the vicinity have the obligation to come to aid.

“Don’t forget, the Dedes live at the sea, so for them it was a logical metaphor, but I guess most of our readers are landlubbers. I have to agree with Devil, it’s all getting a bit obscure and we are losing track” said Detail. “Can we please continue asking our readers the questions Witch had to answer three years ago?”

“Skip question number 2. It was personal” requested Witch. Detail had to think for a little, before she conceded. Back then Witch was asked to describe herself in three words. Her answer was: patient, independent, good-looking. Most of the puppets thought the last answer one was arguable and revealed Witch as being delusional.

“Okay then” said Detail, avoiding yet another argument “let’s move to Question 3: What can’t you get your head around?”

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“Thank you so much for telling us your pet hates” said Witch. “It made me realise I have more than one. But to stick to the truth, three years ago I answered my pet hate is when people judge before they know all facts. I would like to rephrase that for today: I hate when people judge, without even bothering about facts.”

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Pirate, another first generation Dede, walked past and believed this was a convention of wise old puppets. He drew on his experience to explain to Witch why some simply ignore facts: “If you are in a manoeuvrable sailboat, of course you find out where the wind is coming from and adjust the sails accordingly. But when you are on a life-raft, it is no longer about plain sailing. Now it is about survival. You ignore the fact you are in shit-street and cling to every little hope.”

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“So you think people on the raft have a right to ignore the facts?” queried Detail, who was a bit confused.

“Not at all,” said Pirate, “I believe in solid preparation. While we can’t avoid heavy weather, we have to learn how to cope with it. But once you find yourself on a raft for whatever reason it is too late for that. Tell me honestly, what would you do if a Super-yacht sails by and asks if you need help?”

“That is a hyperthetical question. I never answer hyperthetical questions” responded Detail. “But I can tell you, the most difficult decision is when to abandon ship and go on the raft. The experienced sailor says you have to step up into the raft. When you step down, you left to early.”