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愉快不是必然。

翻開舊雜誌-2006年,NME在一次訪問中,要求JARVIS COCKER提供他的16個LIFE LESSONS。當中包括古靈精怪的教誨,比如如何完美地在一杯CAPPUCCINO中加糖而不破壞泡泡、蘋果酒不能和紅酒一起喝不然會頭痛得非常慘烈之類的事(真的,16條大道理裡記得最清晰的就是這兩個,而且躍躍欲試想找CAPPUCCINO來試,至於蘋果酒就免了)。

其中還有兩條嚴肅的,今天非常適用:剛巧正處於迫切需要填充欠缺的舊常識以迎接新知識的階段。

8. LIVE YOUR LIFE AND THE WORK WILL FOLLOW

"I once read a quote from Nick Cave which I thought was good where he said the work that you produce is like the trail that a snail leaves behind it. Which I think is quite true. It's not very pleasant and it's very slow, but it's just a by-product of living."

13. AT SOME POINT, YOU HAVE TO GO TO THE DARK SIDE

"My darkest moment? There's probably quite a few. I remember seeing some people sniffing some cocaine off the cover of 'Scott 4' and thinking, 'That's my favorite record and that just doesn't seem right'. Stuff like that is just when the magic goes away from it but you do it to yourself, as Thom Yorke would say. I think it's a necessary thing to go through. It's like puberty, it just happens, doesn't it? Sometimes the accumulation of knowledge isn't a particularly pleasant process but there's no wishing it away, so you have to keep going deeper into the heart of darkness. I think you do it until you come out the other side. A person has to develop. Otherwise, you're not quite human, are you?"

LIVE YOUR LIFE通常不容易,尤其當仍處主流社會中,特別是將人云亦云奉為真理的一種環境。然後,求知過程經常也等同於需要往黑暗的深處探測挖掘滾下去,能不能從另一端出來,仍是未知數。統統不是愉快的事,但全都重要。但人生確實需要很多各種經歷各種自我折磨再從中得到一點痛快,不是麼?如果只要一直愉快,或許扭開電視不停看TVB或各種COMEDY是一種解脫,但無論甚麼劇都總會看完,所以人生需要各種八卦來填滿害怕空虛更害怕正經知識的腦袋,假裝很飽滿嗎。

話說回來,JARVIS COCKER真的讀很多書,訪問裡經常提起最近我讀到某某說甚麼...最近我在看甚麼書之類的事。後來也乾脆說讀書真的很重要,比如透過300頁小說來進入別人的思考過程,然後將之吸納構築自己的思維空間。

那種淡定抽離又入世的態度,真能讓人很冷靜地喜歡。


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