2014.07.21【英译中】为何印度贫穷腐败而日本富裕清廉(四)

八月蝉 (Tracy) 译人小成
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发表于:2014-07-27 22:39 [只看楼主] [划词开启]
This description of the Japanese may be accurate today. It was not in 1867. An early foreign resident in Japanwrote: "Wealthy we do not think it [Japan] will ever become. The advantages conferred by Nature, with exception of the climate, and the love of indolence and pleasure of the people themselves forbid it."
这些对日本人的描述,在今天看来是准确无误的,而在1867年的时候却不是这样。早期曾经有一位旅居日本的外国人写道:“我们认为日本不可能变得富裕。虽然有大自然馈赠的有利条件,但是异常的气候,以及热爱懒散和休闲娱乐的居民,妨碍了这一可能性。”【这句不太确定


Similarly, the description of the Indians may be accurate today for some Indians, but it certainly is not accurate for Indians who have migrated elsewhere. In many continents, Indians are successful entrepreneurs, sometimes constituting the mainstay of the entrepreneurial class. They have often been the dynamo initiating and promoting economic progress.
同样,那些对印度人的描述对于部分人来说可能是准确的,但是对于那些移民到其他地区的印度人来说,就不正确了。在很多国家地区,印度人是成功的企业家,有时甚至是创业群体的中流砥柱。他们经常成为推动经济创新与发展的领军人物。


In any event, economic and social progress do not depend on the attributes or behavior of the masses. In every country a tiny minority sets the pace, determines the course of events. In the countries that have developed most rapidly and successfully, a minority of enterprising and risk-taking individuals have forged ahead, created opportunities for imitators to follow, have enabled the majority to increase their productivity.
在任何事件中,经济社会取得的进步,不是依靠普罗大众的价值或者行为。在每一个国家,都是由一小部分人设定节奏、决定事件的走向。在那些取得快速成功发展的国家,一小群雄心勃勃、敢于冒险的人,开拓进取、创造机会,使得模仿者们跟随其后,从而提高了大多数人的生产效率。

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