We are us and you

Voices are transmissions as
your dreams rekindle
loss of contacts over parsec-chasms,
your closest friend,
your lovers and regrets
are nearer in your sleep.

The ocean far below collects
collective thoughts,
controls you and presents
the difference between what’s real
and what’s reality.

You are at mercy of Solaris,
a satellite to alien minds,
your brain is us,
your thoughts
a ripple not a tide
as we decide illusions of
your independent mind.
We are us, and
you are we.

Soviet poster to the movie Solaris

Soviet poster to the movie Solaris

Today Izy presents us with Soviet sci-fi posters at toads. The only Soviet Sci-Fi Move I ever watched was Solaris, directed by Andrei Tarkovsky, and based on a novel by Stanislav Lem. We discussed the movie from a philosophic point of view, as it clearly is about borders blurring between reality and dreams. Maybe even challenging Descartes: “Cogito ergo sum”.


April 11, 2015

30 responses to “We are us and you

  1. Love the phrase: “the difference between what’s real
    and what’s reality.” They *should* be the same…but certainly not if you watch any “reality” TV!

  2. Yes. I felt that sense of the collective too in the world of Solaris. That was the hinge, but the actual key to such a world is quite another matter. Identity seems not to be an option.

  3. Oh wow, Bjorn…this is deep – thick with a knowing wisdom – tone is pitch perfect. I love this part among many:

    “your brain is us,
    your thoughts
    a ripple not a tide”

    So cool!

  4. I didn’t know it was a movie – cool.
    your brain is us,
    your thoughts
    a ripple not a tide
    as we decide illusions of
    your independent mind…. chilling, just as the book is.

  5. For me, sci-fi is a bit eerie. So much we don’t know. When I was a kid (eons ago) Flash Gordon was the big futuristic TV series. Now we’ve more or less left poor Flash in the ozone layer.

  6. “controls you and present
    the difference between what’s real
    and what’s reality.”

    I feel this whenever I see commercials for the plethora of nonsense that passes as “reality” television these days. So many do not “cogito” anymore, allowing themselves to be spoon fed this garbage. And we wonder why common sense is not so common anymore.

  7. Bjorn, you played this prompt, my friend – which is meant in the best way possible. Love the poster you mined on your own and source material. The poem takes it to a new level. I like how your word choice and patterns almost mimic a Russian accent, especially in those last lines. Stellar work. Viva la, thanks so much for posting to the out of standard.

  8. A hint of the worst aspects of the Collective, too. Nice to find a serious one amongst the fun – even perturbing.

  9. Now, having watched the trailer, plus the comparison of original film and remake, I just HAVE to see the original. (And probably the remake too.)

  10. I’ll have to see the movie, too … There’s a sweaty relation between the ocean of collective thought and the dominance of state of control over that thought … With one freedom comes the other hell, and may, in fact, be identical, at least in the paranoid mind. (That’s what King Crimson sang in “21st Century Schizoid Man”) Fun and frightening.

  11. your closest friend,
    your lovers and regrets
    are nearer in your sleep.

    That thought alone is worth 1000 words. The idea of mind control is sinister, yet closer than we think.

  12. “your lovers and regrets
    are nearer in your sleep.” – such a powerful line, I can connect this to so many things. I love sci-fi, but the newer things are disheartening, so I will check out Solaris!

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