we need a myth

We Need A Myth是Okkervil River去年的I Am Very Far專輯裡的一首歌,這種主題總是能引起我的興趣,與此類似的大概就像Wilco的Wishful Thinking吧。日常生活裡常常看到各種符號操作的行進,逐漸認識到很多事物的虛假,久而久之覺得除了權力運作,一切都缺乏真實感。然而儘管如此,卻總覺得很想要無視那些虛假的成份,去相信什麼,去擁抱什麼,讓意義可以滋長。我們需要神話,神話裡有人們最真實的渴望。

可能就是人的這種想要有一個信念,一種精神性的依靠,讓電影普羅米休斯的女主角和她的父親,可以在沒有絕對證據支持下,用「因為我選擇相信」這樣的理由,來決定他們的世界觀應該是什麼樣子,儘管都是受過專業訓練的科學家。欲望,或者信念、價值體系、精神信仰(不一定是宗教),都是決定人之所以為人的東西,相信的力量持續地將人類帶向一個新(但不見得美好)的世界。裡面莎莉賽隆這個角色,儘管她一開始看起來完美地像機器人(我覺得好像Gattaca裡面的烏瑪舒曼,或許是出自她對機器人David的嫉妒?),但是她會擔心會害怕,和David為了忠實完成交付的任務,毫不遲疑地碰了各種好像不應該碰的東西又完全不一樣。對David來說,他的精神性依附在主人(神)指令下,然而當主人不再給予指令的時候,他的”信仰”消失了,他會是什麼情況呢?如果是人呢,當人不再信仰,不再相信什麼,是獲得真正的自由,還是迷失呢?

喔對了,今天看到一篇How to Build an Android的書評,看文章裡面那顆頭,開始覺得有生之年應該會看到很精緻的機器人出現吧。

We Need A Myth
by Okkervil River

We need a myth
We need an amethyst bridge
We need a high hanging cliff
Jump, fall and lift

We can make it
We need a myth
We need a path
Through the mist

Like in our beds
We were just kids
Like what was said by our parents
I guess

What we’re after is just this
We need a myth
I feel my heart’s like a fist
I want words spilling out

From the blessed lips
Of any prophet or goddess
I need a myth
Brought back to life by a kiss

Scrape away grey cement
Show me the world as it was again
In a myth
A red ribbon to reconnect

The lady’s head to her neck
And to forget that her throat
Was ever slit
I guess

What we’re after is just this
A myth
And I’m sick
Of all these picture books that try

To steal some old reflections for their light
But desperate measures point to desperate times
Which is why
We need a myth

We’re cut adrift
We need a mass uplift
The world is trembling and weeping
And at the point of believing

In a myth
The sun that shines on my head
The moon that lights me to bed
Were two identical twins

In a myth
I heard the voice of a friend
On Lethe’s banks
Wading in

He said
“Before I forget
We need a myth
As we lean in to kiss

To get two nails
Through the wrist
To get covered in blood
And to get covered in spit

And to forgive.”

And if all we’re taught is a trick
Why would this feeling persist?
And with the truth closing in
I must insist

We need a myth.