2014.03.02【英译中】《假如给我三天光明》

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  All of us have read thrilling stories in which the hero had only a limited and specified time to live. Sometimes it was as long as a year; sometimes as short as twenty-four hours. But always we were interested in discovering just how the doomed man chose to spend his last days or his last hours. I speak, of course, of free men who have a choice, not condemned criminals whose sphere of activities is strictly delimited. 
 Such stories set us thinking, wondering what we should do under similar circumstances. What events, what experiences, what associations should we crowd into those last hours as mortal beings? What happiness should we find in reviewing the past, what regrets?

 Sometimes I have thought it would be an excellent rule to live each day as if we should die tomorrow. Such an attitude would emphasize sharply the values of life. We should live each day with a gentleness, a vigor, and a keenness of appreciation which are often lost when time stretches before us in the constant panorama of more days and months and years to come. There are those, of course, who would adopt the Epicurean motto of "Eat, drink, and be merry," but most people would be chastened by the certainty of impending death.

 In stories the doomed hero is usually saved at the last minute by some stroke of fortune, but almost always his sense of values is changed. he becomes more appreciative of the meaning of life and its permanent spiritual values. It has often been noted that those who live, or have lived, in the shadow of death bring a mellow sweetness to everything they do.

 Most of us, however, take life for granted. We know that one day we must die, but usually we picture that day as far in the future. When we are in buoyant health, death is all but unimaginable. We seldom think of it. The days stretch out in an endless vista. So we go about our petty tasks, hardly aware of our listless attitude toward life.

 我们都已经读过一些惊心动的故事关于英雄们只有有限的生命。有时只有一年,有时甚至只有24个小时。但是我们对那些命中注定的人怎么度过他们最后的日子非常感兴趣。当然,我说的是有权利选择自由的人,而不是那些所有行动被限制正被关押的犯人。

  这样的故事让我们思考,想要知道我们如果在相似的情形下该怎么做?作为终有一死的凡人的最后几个小时,我们应该去哪儿?在回顾往昔的时候我们可以找到什么快乐,什么遗憾?

  有时我会觉得把每天作为自己生命的最后一天是一个极棒的法则。这样的态度将会让我们更加懂得生活的意义。我们应该以优雅,精神,感激一切的方式过好每一天。而当岁月推移,在经常瞻观未来之年月中,这些又常常失去。当然,也有人愿按伊壁鸠鲁的信条“吃、喝和欢乐”去生活,但是,他们也必将被死亡的必然性所折磨。

  在故事里,这些英雄常常十分幸运在最后几分钟被救,但是他们对生命价值的认知也常常发生改变。他们对生活的意义和它永恒的精神价值变得更加欣赏。常常看到那些生活或已生活在死亡的阴影之中的人们都赋予他们所做的每件事以赞赏。

  然而大多数的我们把生命当做理所当然,我们知道我们某一天会死,但是我们总是把那一天描绘成未来很遥远的一天.当我们心宽体健时,死亡几乎是不可想象的,我们很少想到它.时间在无尽的展望中延伸,所以我们一直都在干着琐碎的事情,从未意识到我们对待生活的消极态度。

  


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