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矛盾的时代,苦恼的人生(我的翻译)  

2008-07-08 18:05:06|  分类: 美文翻译 |  标签: |举报 |字号 订阅

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当今时代真是个矛盾的载体:楼房越盖越高,人们的脾气却越变越大;公路越修越宽,人们的肚量却越来越小.

挥霍无度却一无所获,疯狂购物却不懂享受;住房越来越大,家庭越来越小;生活便利了,属于自己的时间却少了。学位更高了,感觉更差了;知识增长了,能力变低了;专家多了,问题也多了;药物越来越多,疾病却未见减少。

酗酒无度、抽烟无忌、花钱如流水,脸上没有了快乐的笑容;疯狂飙车,动则暴跳如雷;挑灯夜战,早上起来一身疲惫;读书时间过少,看电视时间太多,上帝也可有可无了。

财富增加了,价值观降低了。乐于夸夸其谈。爱少了,恨多了。

我们学会了如何生存,却没学会如何生活!

生命的年轮上增加的只是时间不是智慧。能往返几十万公里外的月球,却难以到马路对面的新邻居家里坐坐。

能征服太空,却不能征服自己的内心。

净化了空气,污染了心灵。

能攻克尖端科技,却不能消除偏见;写的多,学的少;计划多,实施少;只爱匆忙行事,不愿耐心等待。电脑越来越多,备份和储存的东西越来越多,相互间的沟通却越来越少。

这是一个追求快餐而消化不良的时代,这是一个外表君子内心小人的时代,是一个只认钱不认人的时代。现如今,离婚率随着收入的增长一路攀升。房子越住越豪华,家庭越来越破裂。

现代生活真可说是五花八门:有快速旅行,有一次性尿片,有沦丧的道德,有一夜情,有肥胖症,还有包治百病的万能药——它能使你快乐,能使你镇静 ,也能让你自杀!

这是一个橱窗里琳琅满目,仓库里空无一物的时代。

这是一个高科技的时代,正如这封信,只要鼠标轻轻一点,瞬间就会到你眼前.这也是一个随意选择的时代,正如您可以同意我的拙见,仔细研读这篇小文章,也可以嗤之以鼻,随手删除。

记着:花点儿时间陪陪你深爱的父母,因为他们不会永远在你身边。

记着:对孩子和善耐心一点,因为小家伙会很快会长大,并远走高飞。

记着:手足情深,给他/她一个温暖的拥抱,因为这是发自内心的最珍贵的东西,而又不需要花费一分钱。

记着对你的爱人说“我爱你”,但一定不要口是心非。一个发自内心的亲吻和拥抱能使以前的隔膜烟消云散。

记着该牵手的时候别迟疑,该珍惜的时候一定要珍惜,因为他/她不会永远在那里等你。

腾出点儿时间给爱的人,腾出点儿时间和朋友交流,腾出点儿时间和别人分享你内心的真知灼见。

  时不待我,还等什么!

                         English Edition

  The paradox of our time in history is that we have taller buildings but shorter tempers, wider freeways, but narrower viewpoints.

We spend more, but have less, we buy more, but enjoy less. We have bigger houses and smaller families, more conveniences, but less time. We have more degrees but less sense, more knowledge, but less judgment, more experts, yet more problems, more medicine, but less wellness.

We drink too much, smoke too much, spend too recklessly, laugh too little, drive too fast, get too angry, stay up too late, get up too tired, read too little, watch TV too much, and pray too seldom.

We have multiplied our possessions, but reduced our values. We talk too much, love too seldom, and hate too often.

We've learned how to make a living, but not a life.

We've added years to life not life to years. We've been all the way to the moon and back, but have trouble crossing the street to meet a new neighbour.

We conquered outer space but not inner space. We've done larger things, but not better things.

We've cleaned up the air, but polluted the soul.

We've conquered the atom, but not our prejudice. 

We write more, but learn less. We plan more, but accomplish less. We've learned to rush, but not to wait.

We build more computers to hold more information, to produce more copies than ever, but we communicate less and less.

These are the times of fast foods and slow digestion, big men and small character, steep profits and shallow relationships.

These are the days of two incomes but more divorce, fancier houses, but broken homes.

These are days of quick trips, disposable diapers, throwaway morality, one night stands, overweight bodies, and pills that do everything from cheer, to quiet, to kill.

It is a time when there is much in the showroom window and nothing in the stockroom. A time when technology can bring this letter to you, and a time when you can choose either to share this insight, or to just hit delete.

Remember, spend some time with your loved ones, because they are not going to be around forever.

Remember, say a kind word to someone who looks up to you in awe, because that little person soon will grow up and leave your side.

Remember, to give a warm hug to the one next to you, because that is the only treasure you can give with your heart and it doesn't cost a cent.

Remember, to say, "I love you" to your partner and your loved ones, but most of all mean it. A kiss and an embrace will mend hurt when it comes from deep inside of you.

Remember to hold hands and cherish the moment for someday that person will not be there again.

Give time to love, give time to speak, and give time to share the precious thoughts in your mind.

Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take, but by the moments that take our breath away.

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