The universe is a cold and unforgiving place. Space expands, and stars burn for millions of years only to extinguish unnoticed and desperately alone. New life blooms only to begin decaying the moment it’s born. Truth is endless suffering and the undeniable existence of our own inescapable deaths.
American horror author H.P. Lovecraft once expressed his cosmic futility saying, “The world is indeed comic, but the joke is on mankind.” Lovecraft’s melancholy has become a shared sentiment among not only mankind but also those guardians of the Internet – existential cats.
Perhaps the greatest hero cat since Rusik, the Russian police cat who valiantly died in the line of duty battling illegal fish traffickers, Henri the cat is our generation’s most prolific existential poet and philosopher. With sorrow as his constant companion, Henri has swept the Web with his all too true tales of ennui.
Henri recently took time out of his 15-hour sleep cycle (which I’m told helps him focus his savant-like wisdom) to speak with me about winning numerous awards for his YouTube video “Henri 2, Paw de Deux” and of course the inevitability of our collective destruction.
Henri, you have recently won several film festivals for your work in “Henri 2, Paw de Deux” — how does it feel to finally have the respect and admiration of the online video community?
My philosophical pursuits are my main focus. The internet is fickle, but its adoration of cats is a good start.
Why do you believe that cat videos online are so popular? Are cats becoming our new gods in the style of ancient Egypt?
Cats have a long way to go before we are correctly seen as equals in the eyes of humanity. The problem is, we are so cute that it’s hard to see past that sometimes.
Being (I assume) a French citizen, what do you think of this past election cycle, in particular both candidates ignoring cat-related issues?
My political feelings can be seen here:
Has being recognized for your films finally given you a purpose in life?
I have made peace with the fact that life may end up being meaningless in the end. Searching for meaning is its own reward. Also Friskies Party Mix is pretty good.
What is a cat without a dog?
What are your plans for the future? How will you continue to go on?
Churchill said, “The empires of the future are the empires of the mind.” But he was probably drunk.