20140727【英译中】诚信 (787字)

汪德均 (老顽童) 译坛新宠
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发表于:2014-07-27 09:21 [只看楼主] [划词开启]

                                     TRUST


                               by Andy Rooney

                          

                                       诚信

   

    Last night I was driving from Harrisburg to Lewisburg,Pa.,a distance of about eighty miles.It was late.I was late and if anyone asked me how fast I was driving,I'd have to plead the Fifth Amendment to avoid self-incrimination.Several times I got stuck behind a slow-moving truck on a narrow road with a solid white line on my left,and I was clinching my fists with impatience.

    昨夜,我于哈里斯堡驱车前往滨州刘易斯堡,全程约八英里。只因夜深,加之出发太晚,故一路狂奔。若有人问我车速,我就只得求助于美国宪法第五修正案之“不得自证有罪”条款来免责了。好几次,我都被挡在一辆蜗牛般爬行的卡车后面,路又很窄,左边则是不可逾越的白线——当时,我急得攥紧了拳头!

    At one point along an open highway,I came to a crossroads with a traffic light.I was alone on the road by now,but as I approached the light,it turned red and I braked to a halt.I looked left,right and behind me.Nothing.Not a car,no suggestion of headlights,but there I sat,waiting for the light to change,the only human being for at least a mile in any direction.

   不过,曾有一度路上空旷,刚到十字路口,便见绿灯转红,只好刹车。我左看右看,再向后望,无人无车,亦无车灯之迹象;唯我独坐车内,急等红灯变绿。至少,方圆一英里之内,只我一人。

I started wondering why I refused to run the light.I was not afraid of being arrested,because there was obviously no cop around,and there certainly would have been no danger in going through it.

   真是奇了怪了——如此天赐良机,为何不闯红灯?既无受罚之虞——显然无警察值班;况且,冲过去肯定没有任何危险!

 

    Much later that night,after I'd met with a group in Lewisburg and had climbed into bed near midnight,the question of why I'd stopped for that light came back to me.I think I stopped because it's part of a contract we all have with each other.It's not only the law,but it's an arrangement we have,and we trust each other to honor it:we don't go through red lights.Like most of us,I'm more apt to be restrained from doing something bad by the social convention that disapproves of it than by any law against it.

   将近午夜,我在刘易斯堡与朋友们相聚后,上床欲眠时,又想起了那个为何不闯红灯的问题。我想,我之所以停车等待,是因为这是我们的社会成员相互之间的契约之一;它不仅仅是法律,而是我们共同的约定,我们尊重它是因为相信:我们不会闯红灯。与大多数人一样,我倾向于克制自己,不做违反社会行为规范之事,并非仅仅因为惧怕法律。

    It's amazing that we ever trust each other to do the right thing,isn't it ?And we do,too.Trust is our first inclination.We have to make a deliberate decision to mistrust someone or to be suspicious or skeptical.Those attitudes don't come naturally to us.

   我们居然会相信大家都会自律!真令人不可思议,你说呢?不错,我们就是这样的。诚信是我们的首选。然而,这种态度并非是自然而然形成的。以前,我们也是互不信任,猜疑重重,必须首先作出深思熟虑的决定来相互防范。

    It's a damn good thing too,because the whole structure of our society depends on mutual trust,not distrust.This whole thing we have going for us would fall apart if we  didn't trust each other most of the time.We do what we say we'll do;we show up when we say we'll show up;we deliver when we say we'll deliver;and we pay when we say we'll pay.We trust each other in these matters,and when we don't do what we've promised,it's a deviation from the normal.It happens often that we don't act in good faith and in a trustworthy manner,but we still consider it unusual,and we're angry or disappointed with the person or organization that violates1 the trust we have in them.

     I was so proud of myself for stopping for the red light  that night.

  诚信也的确大有益于社会,因为我们的整个社会结构即建立在相互信任而不是勾心斗角之上。如果大多数时候我们不讲诚信,社会就会分崩离析。我们言行一致,言出必行;开会赴约,按时到场;交货付款,悉照约定;如此等等,不一而足。如果有约而不履行,就是违背社会规范。尽管也常有背信食言之行为发生,但我们视之为反常现象;我们会为此愤怒,为此失望,因为那些人、那些组织粗暴地践踏了我们給于他们的信任。

   昨夜未闯红灯;为此,我深感自豪。   


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