Is the secret of action just at the beginning?  With rapper Gringo

Is the secret of action just at the beginning? With rapper Gringo

Edited by Charles Pépin

“I would like to tell you a story about an action, more precisely, a story about a man. He is a man who likes to look at the world, to observe people, to dwell on their smiles, their gestures, their silence… He likes this position, a bit withdrawn, this distance, sometimes he thinks that this is his right place. […]

And then one day everything changes. His friend says to him: Come on, let’s go. Come on, let’s do it. Oh, are you sure? With me, are you sure? Why me ? Because that’s right, come on, let’s go. So comes confidence. He doesn’t find it in himself, he finds it in his friend, he finds it in another. And he does it. He does not know this brilliant phrase of the philosopher Alain: ‘the secret of action is to begin’. He doesn’t know her, but he agrees with her. It reveals the pleasure of doing. A contemplative sage becomes a man of action. Ancient Greek, today’s poet. He understands that his so-called wisdom may have been only the hidden pole of the impostor complex. He likes it: he no longer looks in wonder at the infinity of possibilities, but watches, blinded, how little of this possibility becomes reality.

To talk about the power of action, or more simply how to get into it, Gringe, rapper and actor, writer is also invited to Under the Sun of Plato.




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So how do we get started?

procrastination and action

Considered a loser at the beginning of the film Tomorrow is far away who recounts his beginnings with Orelsan, or as “blocked”, in the series of the same name on Canal +, Gring has finally achieved a lot. Charles Pépin wonders, what was the trigger for him?

Gringe explains what makes him want to act: “I am there, for example, in a transitional period where I don’t know how to return to it and with what desire. I wonder where I want to be, where I want to be. But what makes me go there, speaking for myself, is what happens in regard to another. What makes us start is the confidence that a friend who has been doing it for a while can give us. You assume a kind of collective responsibility, the desire not to disappoint a friend and yourself. We want to at least level up.”

Indeed, after a great solo success Siren songOrelsan suggests to Gring to start a group called Casseurs Flowters.

In the show, Gring explains why he didn’t want to do anything in his youth, but felt out of step with others:

“The inclusion happens in stages, little by little. I think there was a kind of stupor. I had a hard time getting out of it because I didn’t want to correspond. I didn’t want to correspond with the norm. I didn’t want to learn, I didn’t have ideas, I didn’t particularly wanted. I had this somewhat reductive idea that the world of work was the end of personal freedoms. There were many things I refused to do, so I was withdrawn. Very much on the watch in the years when my friends were building, finding their first jobs, even reconciled as a couple. I was behind in everything.”

We bark together in silence

Gringe wrote a book, We bark together in silence (Harper Collins edition) in which he talks about his childhood and his brother, with whom he is close and who is schizophrenic, even if it does not define him. A declaration of love to a brother who taught him a lot:

“Generally, people who suffer, people who have suffered, suffered too much, are empathetic. They know what it is to suffer. My brother never judged against that, he taught me to inflict small injuries perspective, to understand his reality better and better to the point where I say to myself: it’s still crazy that after fifteen years he is still on his own two legs and combative and self-willed […]. I don’t know if I would have his staying power. But people like people who suffer—in silence, moreover—it puts your own wanderings, your hurts, and your little existential questions into perspective.

To enjoy the fascinating exchange between Gringo and Charles Pépin, the episode should be listened to in its entirety…




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