Del’s been sucked into their lies, but he isn’t fooled by them. He’s attempting to guide young artists out of the wrong paths. The only way you can follow, or even understand this, however, is by using your intelligence, not by looking.
If going with the drugs imagery, we can remember that LSD and peyote have been equated with spiritual guides in books like The Doors of Perception and The Teachings of Don Juan. The tradition of a spirit features prominently in world religion and literature, such as Virgil in Dante’s Inferno. And Del is, after all, a spirit.
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