Flea Explains The Life Lessons He Learnt From Nick Cave

You know how sometimes you finish a book and you can’t stop thinking about it? Sometimes, the pages of a book become a map, guiding the reader through a world of new ideas, perspectives, and emotions. The characters in the book become companions, mirroring aspects of the reader’s own self — the plot twists and turns, leading the reader to unexpected epiphanies and realizations.

And as the reader reaches the end of the book, they are forever changed, having gained a deeper understanding of themselves and the world around them. Judging by his recent Instagram post, Flea experienced all these when he read ‘Faith, Hope and Carnage’ by Nick Cave and Seán O’Hagan.

“Hello, everybody. I just arrived here in Australia,” the musician said before explaining the book that changed his life. “And I am over here on the airplane. I finished this book. It’s a conversation between Nick Cave and his friend Sean, and it just really affected me in a profound way. This book makes me want to get out of the way and let a river of God flow through me. It reminded me of what my highest self could be.”

Flea continued, “It reaffirmed or just stated more articulately than I can how all the whatever suffering and pain and anxiety and fear and things that I’ve been through in my life that have caused me to suffer, these things have always made me grow the most profoundly.”

The book came with many questions for Flea, as he said, “These are the things, every time I look back, how did I get kinder? How did I get stronger? How did I get deeper? How did I get closer to God? How did I improve as a human being? And it’s always through pain. And that’s when I’ve grown. I think that’s when we grow. I think that’s how we grow if you’re able to embrace it and you’re brave enough to grow through it. And the way that Nick Cave speaks about that in this book just kind of really crystallizes that in the most beautiful and profound way.”

And it also affected his perspective on his relationships. The bassist noted, “And there are so many other things that he touches in this book. He makes me want to be a better husband and a better father, and a better friend. And it makes me want to live above judgment and petty arguments and live in a state of the place where I should be, where you hear God and everything. I want to be there. I want to live in a state of absolute awe of the beautiful things in this world, and I want to be of service to them, and I want to be of service.”

He added, “And I, you know, all the times I’ve, you know, spent in my life, I can’t tell you how many times in my life I’ve I’m, like, on my knees, like, let me be a light. Let me be a light in this world. All the times that I’ve been destructive to myself or to other people, and I just want to be a light. I just want to glow. I just want to shine.”

Ultimately, it was a life-changing book for Flea, as he stated, “And once in a while, you find something, and you read something, and you see something, and it’s your ally, and it helps you. And this book just did that for me in the most profound, f*cking way. So I just can’t recommend it anymore. I just finished it. It’s awesome. [It] makes me happy. I’m glad that it exists. [It] makes me feel less alone. Here it is.”

‘Faith, Hope and Carnage’ consists of numerous in-depth conversations between the journalist Seán O’Hagan and Nick Cave. It delves deep into the inner workings of the artists’ minds, uncovering the motivations and inspirations behind their work. It examines various aspects of their lives, from their childhood experiences to their current state, and explores themes such as personal beliefs, artistic expression, music, freedom, and grief.

It also provides an honest and candid look into the artists’ relationships, work habits, and any significant changes they may have undergone in recent years. So, it is a reflective and insightful examination of the two’s lives and creativity. So, it really has it all, and it’s not surprising seeing why it affected Flea that much.