Postmodern Journeys 01

Walk On 01

By Joseph Natoli

Translated by Springhero

      “ And sedentary species, “ she said, “ like sedentary genes, are terribly successful for a while, but in the end they are self-destructive.”

                                  —Bruce Chatwin, The Songlines

「任何定棲的動物」她說,「像定棲的基因一樣,會成功一陣子,但是最後會自我毀滅。」

      I was forced to travel, to ward off the apparitions assembled in my brains.                                  —Arthur Rimbaud,

      我不得不旅行,以免聚集在大腦的魅影揮之不去。 

     The journey thus pre-empts the need for hierarchies and shows of dominance. The “ dictators’ of the animal kingdom are those who live in an ambience of plenty. The anarchists, as always are the ‘ gentlemen of the road.”                                   —Proust

      旅行可以免除階層體制及作威作福。動物界之所以獨裁者,那是因為生活在富裕當中。無政府主義者如同往常,注定是途中漂泊者。

       You know, in a lot of ways—none of them having to do with y bank account—I am ripe for the postmodern journey. I mean I’ somehow situated emotionally to take one. The composition of my consciousness is such that the idea of a journey to places I’ve never been to before resonates beautifully, like a soprano voice from long ago singing “ Ave Maria” in the church of my childhood, Regina Pacis.

     你知道,從各方面來看,我都適合從事後現代之旅,這無關我銀行存款多寡的問題。我意思是,情感上我是蓄勢待發。我的意識結構醞釀已久,動人地迴響著:前去罷,陌生的異域!宛如我童年時期,在瑞吉那的教堂歌詠「聖馬利亞」的獨唱女高音。

       Even my unconscious mind has me traveling cheerfully through a Borgesian garden of forking paths. No, my unconscious does not project fears of flying, of traveling, of instability, of nomadic wandering.

      即使我無意識的心靈都要我愉快地旅遊經過交叉路口附近的「波濟花園」。不,我的無意識,對於搭乘飛機的恐懼,不穩定感,或游牧般的漂泊,全然不在乎。 

       It is only when I don’t travel that still waters breed a mental pestilence. When an “ order of things” becomes more than the barest, faintest circumference of imagination but presumes to stand for the world “ just as it is” and myself “ just as I am,” then I have dark dreams.

      只有我不旅行的時候,才會發生心靈境界停滯,瘟疫叢生。當井然有序不僅僅是共存環境所需要,而且也假定為代表世界本身,甚至連個人本質都含概在內,我宛如處於夢魘當中。

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