“AD ARSTRA”---What Really Needs to Be Rescued Is The Universe within One's Heart 2019.11
「你的身上有著某人的名字，代表你是某人的玩具，而玩具的價值就是陪伴主人，帶給主人溫暖。」這樣的價值觀，一直是玩具總動員一至三集的核心思想，胡迪的自我定義，不只形塑了他的「玩具人生」，也教化著鼓舞著身旁的新玩具，例如巴斯光年。如果說「忠誠」是胡迪的最高信仰，也不為過，這樣的中心思想，在第四集受到了意外的撼動。這一切轉折點，是源自於那個之前形象溫婉傳統的牧羊女，寶（Bo Peep）。寶，因為被送去了二手店，多年來在店內一直乏人問津，最後決定逃出二手店，尋找自己的「人生」，正當胡迪為邦妮尋找拯救叉奇，孤軍奮鬥之際，因緣際會地再次見到九年前被送走的寶，此時的寶，已經不是當年那個溫柔嬌弱、需要被保護的牧羊女，而成了機智英勇且有著智慧視野的流浪玩具大姐大。"There is someone's name on your body, it means you are someone's toy. The value of a toy is to accompany the owner and bring warmth to the owner." Such values have always been the core idea of Toy Story from first episode to third episode. Woody’s self-definition not only shapes his "toy life", but also inspires other new toys, such as Buzz Lightyear. "Loyalty" is almost Woody’s highest belief. Such a main idea is unexpectedly incited in episode 4. All these turning points is be due to the shepherd girl Bo Peep with traditional and tender image. Bo, because she was sent to the second-hand shop, stayed in the store for many years, and finally decided to escape from the second-hand shop, looking for her own "life", just when Woody is searching for Bonnie for Bonnie, Woody and Bo encounter each other unexpectedly after nine years. At this time, Bo is no more the tender and weak shepherd girl who needs to be protected. She has become a wandering toy leader with courage and intelligent vision.
In the process of searching for and rescuing Forky (Forky was kidnapped by Gabby in the second-hand shop as a hostage to force Woody to hand over the sound box on his body. Because Gabby was unable to make sounds, she dreamed that if she could make sounds, then the child would like thy toy and she could get an owner. She believes the greatest value of a toy - there is an owner who likes him / her.) Bo, show the friendship of the toys, lead other lost toys (mean the abandoned toy) assisted Woody.
Just after finally escaping from danger, the whole film of the climax confrontation started here -- Bo does not want to take the toys back to the second-hand shop to rescue Forky, Woody still insists on going back, and accuses Bo, Master needs us, that is the only value of a toy, which is understood difficultly by you, Lost Toys! These words are actually very cruel, because in the past, these “Lost Toys” never want to leave their masters. When Woody’s words were over, the characters in the story and the audience outside the screen were silent for a moment, but then Bo said slowly, “Woody, the master does not need you, it is you that need the master! "
Woody always has such self-definition “I am a toy, the toy that my master loves. I have the responsibility to make my master happy. Therefore, I am not only loyal to my master, but also educate other toys to be loyal to the master and care for the master.” He has always defined that “the master needs me, so I must do this and that." However, Bo, the lost toy, from the moment when she chose to no longer wait for a new owner to give me value, Bo had begun to be her own master. It is no longer get value through who needs me, but I decide my own life and I create my own value. For this reason, Bo key-pointedly breaks up Woody’s myth--there is no such thing as “the owner needs you” and “you need the master”, which means that you keep saying that you are serving your master, but the truth is that you are afraid your master does not need you, and then you lose the value of existence. Your searching for Forky is not so much for your master Bonnie, but for searching for your existence value through the master (Woody actually said the same words.) However, when the value is given by others, it is meant that one day it will disappear as others don't give it anymore.
Just as when we were dependent on our parents to give us (or other people) praise, the teacher gave us affirmation, the classmates and friends gave us recognition, and the social professionals gave us appreciation, we started realizing and constructing the elements of existence and value, then to find a sense of security. Such as a girl needs to be tender and graceful, even if I disagree with everyone, I still have to be silent, even if I am angry, I have to endure. I am the eldest son, I have to inherit my family business, even if I am not interested, even if I am not happy to do it, because this is a sense of responsibility, and is called filial piety.
The above various self-definitions, I am not necessarily saying that they are all bad. Maybe they can be the driving force for growth and struggle for a while, but if we have not realized that we have been defined by the above-mentioned self-definition from fear/desire, if we haven’t stopped to examine whether self-definition is a false path away from the happy life, growth, pleasure, and freedom, what will be the outcome? In the subconscious consultation process, I have seen too many such clients who followed the self-definition created by fear or desire in the past, and then started a life as this: To do a "good" job which he is not interested but everyone agree. To married with a person who others identify but she has no feelings for. Showing the social appearance that everyone like but he feels empty. They have been busy for most of their lives, and finally they are like withered plants, then they get various physical and mental symptoms, and they don’t have the energy of pleasure to give back to the various relationships, causing the relationship to be alienated or broken.
Like Woody at the beginning of Toy Story 4, when he is no longer chosen by the owner and left in the dark cabinet, is he really happy? The self-definition that was previously proud of, now still a happy glory or a self-deception sadness?
At the end of the story, when Woody finally brings Forky back to the owner, says goodbye to Bo, turns back to Buzz (representing the toy and the owner), Buzz says, "Don’t worry, she will be fine.” At the beginning, we all thought that "her" refered to Bo, indeed, Bo is so independent and intelligent, surely can be fine, but Buzz once again says, "Bonnie will be fine." At this moment Woody is coming to the point of divergence of life, but what’s touching is that this time he chooses to be loyal to himself. His choice is no longer based on who needs him, but what Woody wants. His self-definition no longer needs to be given by others, because he defines himself.
乍看，他似乎拋棄了之前執守的信仰「忠誠」。但事實上，「忠誠」並沒被拋棄，而是被昇華了。胡迪雖然看似成了被遺棄的玩具（Lost Toy），但就像巴斯說的，不，他沒有被遺棄。因為那是他自己的選擇，不是被遺棄。最後，巴斯在車子駛離時，說了他的老話飛向宇宙（To Infinity）, 而胡迪在原地目送車子駛離時，接了下句浩瀚無垠（and Beyond）。天地，從此開闊，新的生活、新的世界，就此展開。胡迪雖然不再是屬於哪個主人的玩具，但是他和寶，以及卡蹦公爵、兔子、鴨子，成了遊樂園裡替玩具們找到新主人、替人類小孩找到玩具的羅賓漢（Robinhood），看似他原來的忠誠信仰崩解了，但實則是昇華了，他的服務對象從「一位人類小孩」，轉化為「更多人類小孩」。「忠誠」如果是《玩具》系列的核心價值，在此處，這個價值不但沒消失，還得到了轉化、成長，變得更加豐富了。
At first glance, he seems to give up the belief "loyalty" that he had previously held. But in fact, "loyalty" has not been abandoned, but has been sublimated. Although Woody seems to be a lost toy, but as Buzz says, “no, he is not lost”. Because it is his own choice, he is not abandoned. Finally, when the car left, Buzz says his slogan “To Infinity”, and Woody follows the next sentence “and beyond”. From the moment, a new life and a new world are unfolded. Although Woody is no longer belonging to anyone, but He and Bo, as well as Duke Caboom, Bunny, and Ducky become the Robinhood in the park to find new owners for toys and toys for human children. It seems that his original loyalty belief collapses, but in fact it is sublimated. His service target changes from "a human child" to "more human children." If "loyalty" is the core value of the "Toy Story" series, here, the value doesn’t disappear, but has been transformed, grown, and enriched.
Only with awareness, at every turning point of life, honestly re-examining the self-definition that was carried before, will bring true growth and pleasure to the current stage of life. And then with this awakening, to re-establish a new self-definition, in this way, can enhance and evolve the original inner faith. It is precious that "Toy Story 4" breaks the original definition of self-framework and can be brave enough to face the inner voice of oneself to create the self that benefits others. The self-awakening after a huge collapsing is revealed in the series of animation movie that has crossed 25 years, how could I not be touched?
Note: About the sound box.
In the story, the doll Gabby wants to rob Woody’s sound box, which has its metaphor, here is a supplement. Originally, Woody will issue "There is a snake in my boots." This is the selling point of the cowboy toy at that time. To him, losing the sound box is equivalent to being sentenced to death. This is why Gabby wants to rob Woody’s sound box. However, when Gabby gets the sound box, she is waiting for the little girl liking her and taking her away, but she is abandoned again, at that moment her world completely collapses. It means that when we try to ingratiate others and get self-value, we won’t get real love and self-value. At the time, Woody decides to hand over the sound box, on the surface, the purpose seems to exchange for Forky, or sympathize Gabby, however, the scriptwriter actually buried the subversion of Woody’s follow-up -- I don’t have to rely on others to like what I have, and to be what others like, because I can talk for myself--To infinity and beyond.