The Mothership is in Prince George’s County. Probably within walking distance from were I live. But I’m not gonna find it, though. Not even gonna try.
Reputed funk scholar, Thomas Stanley supposedly knows where it is, but won’t tell. He says, “It is very important, I think, that we not seek truth at expense of myth. Music and Myth are, after all, P-Funk’s most enduring legacy.”
Thinking beyond P-Funk a little bit, I don’t think that’s always a bad approach to take. Certainly, in most cases, it’s important to get to the truth behind the myth, but this is one of those cases in which finding out the truth really can’t improve anything. It’s much better to imagine that the Mothership really went back to…wherever it came from than to think that it’s somewhere rusted out, covered in detrius in some field in Suitland.
We know there are other myths that persevere in spite of the truth. I can think of several that surround the topics du jour. In those cases, I think we’re poorly served by not having the truth to shine the light on the situation. But what are some other myths that need to remain mystical?