更换封面

1/0

雪的面目

在赤道,一位小学老师努力地给儿童说明“雪”的形态,但不管他怎么说,儿童也不能明白。

老师说:雪是纯白的东西。
儿童就猜测:雪是像盐一样。

老师说:雪是冷的东西。
儿童就猜测:雪是像冰淇淋一样。

老师说:雪是粗粗的东西。
儿童就猜测:雪是像砂子一样。

老师始终不能告诉孩子雪是什么,最后,他考试的时候,出了"雪"的题目,结果有几个儿童这样回答:“雪是淡黄色,味道又冷又咸的砂。”

这个故事使我们知道,有一些事物的真相,用言语是无法表白的,对于没有看过雪的人,我们很难让他知道雪,像雪这种可看的、有形象的事物都无法明明白白过。那么,对于无声无色、没有形象、不可捕捉的心念,如何能够清楚地表达呢?

我们要知道雪,只有自己到有雪的国度。

我们要听黄莺的歌声,就要坐到有黄莺的树下。

我们要闻夜来香的清气,只有夜晚走到有花的庭院去。

那些写着最热烈优美情书的,不一定是最爱我们的人;那些陪我们喝酒吃肉搭肩拍胸的,不一定是真朋友;那些嘴里说着仁义道德的,不一定有人格的馨香;那些签了约的字据呀,也有抛弃与撕毁的时候!

这个世界最美好的事物都是语言文字难以形容与表现的。

就像我们站在雪中,什么也不必说,就知道雪了。

雪,冷面清明,纯净优美,在某一个层次上像极了我们的心。

林清玄

The Appearance of Snow

On the equator, an elementary teacher is trying to explain to the students snow's appearance, but no matter how he describes it, the students could not understand

The teacher said: snow is pure white.
The students thought: so snow is like salt.

The teacher said: snow is very cold.
The students thought: so snow is like ice-cream.

The teacher said: snow is rough.
The students thought: so snow is like sand.

In the end, the teacher was unable to tell the students what snow is. Finally, when he gave out a test, one of the questions was about snow. So, some of the students answered: "snow is light yellow, tastes very cold and salty and like sand.".

This story tells us, the truth of some things can not be described through words. For someone who has never seen snow, it's very hard for us to explain to them the appearance of snow. If things like snow, which is a physical substance can not be described clearly. So, if something does not have sound, does not have a physical appearance, and is uncapturable by thoughts, how do we clearly describe it to them?

If we want to know about the snow, we have to go to a place where that has snow.

If we want to listen to the song of the warbler, we have to sit under its tree.

If we want to smell the fragrance of the night flower, we have to go to garden at night.

Those who write the most lovely and poetic love poems may not be our true love; those drink and eat with us may not be our true friend; Those who speak benevolent moralities may not be truly the best; those documents that got signed may also be forgotten or destroyed.

The best things in this world are extremely difficult to be described verbally.

Like when we are standing in snow, we will know snow without saying anything.

Snow, crystal clear, clean, and beautiful, on some levels, it's like our heart.

雪的面目

The Appearance of Snow

林清玄

Emidianer logo.png

在赤道,一位小学老师努力地给儿童说明“雪”的形态,但不管他怎么说,儿童也不能明白。

On the equator, an elementary teacher is trying to explain to the students snow's appearance, but no matter how he describes it, the students could not understand

老师说:雪是纯白的东西。
儿童就猜测:雪是像盐一样。

The teacher said: snow is pure white.
The students thought: so snow is like salt.

老师说:雪是冷的东西。
儿童就猜测:雪是像冰淇淋一样。

The teacher said: snow is very cold.
The students thought: so snow is like ice-cream.

老师说:雪是粗粗的东西。
儿童就猜测:雪是像砂子一样。

The teacher said: snow is rough.
The students thought: so snow is like sand.

老师始终不能告诉孩子雪是什么,最后,他考试的时候,出了"雪"的题目,结果有几个儿童这样回答:“雪是淡黄色,味道又冷又咸的砂。”

In the end, the teacher was unable to tell the students what snow is. Finally, when he gave out a test, one of the questions was about snow. So, some of the students answered: "snow is light yellow, tastes very cold and salty and like sand.".

这个故事使我们知道,有一些事物的真相,用言语是无法表白的,对于没有看过雪的人,我们很难让他知道雪,像雪这种可看的、有形象的事物都无法明明白白过。那么,对于无声无色、没有形象、不可捕捉的心念,如何能够清楚地表达呢?

This story tells us, the truth of some things can not be described through words. For someone who has never seen snow, it's very hard for us to explain to them the appearance of snow. If things like snow, which is a physical substance can not be described clearly. So, if something does not have sound, does not have a physical appearance, and is uncapturable by thoughts, how do we clearly describe it to them?

我们要知道雪,只有自己到有雪的国度。

If we want to know about the snow, we have to go to a place where that has snow.

我们要听黄莺的歌声,就要坐到有黄莺的树下。

If we want to listen to the song of the warbler, we have to sit under its tree.

我们要闻夜来香的清气,只有夜晚走到有花的庭院去。

If we want to smell the fragrance of the night flower, we have to go to garden at night.

那些写着最热烈优美情书的,不一定是最爱我们的人;那些陪我们喝酒吃肉搭肩拍胸的,不一定是真朋友;那些嘴里说着仁义道德的,不一定有人格的馨香;那些签了约的字据呀,也有抛弃与撕毁的时候!

Those who write the most lovely and poetic love poems may not be our true love; those drink and eat with us may not be our true friend; Those who speak benevolent moralities may not be truly the best; those documents that got signed may also be forgotten or destroyed.

这个世界最美好的事物都是语言文字难以形容与表现的。

The best things in this world are extremely difficult to be described verbally.

就像我们站在雪中,什么也不必说,就知道雪了。

Like when we are standing in snow, we will know snow without saying anything.

雪,冷面清明,纯净优美,在某一个层次上像极了我们的心。

Snow, crystal clear, clean, and beautiful, on some levels, it's like our heart.

Sandy

2020年4月29日

button_share_2.png
button_translate_2.png

翻译

举报

2

点赞

​分享

wechat-logo.png

VW

20/4/29 上午3:07

Sandy

20/4/29 上午12:55