No artist or serious writer should be obliged to live with ‘the people’ – all those who try to deride and disparage and generally discourage one from being true to oneself and one’s creative vocation. If, as a practising writer and philosopher, I have had to live with ‘the people’, i.e. immediate neighbours (including kids and couples), in squalid overcrowded lodgings, it is because the British refuse to recognize me as an artist and/or writer, preferring to turn a blind eye to that which does not serve their purposes or suit their particular kind of state-hegemonic world view.
Most people, lacking the courage of art, are content merely to criticize and condemn, to disparage and belittle, as though from a superior vantage-point, more knowing and implicitly if not explicitly capable. They may fool themselves but they have never fooled me!