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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 Face of Snow

Somewhere near the equator, a elementary school teacher was trying hard to teach her student what snow was,but whatever he said, the student wouldn't understand.

"Snow is pure white," said the teacher.
"So it's like salt," the student thought.

"Snow is cold," said the teacher.
"So it's like ice cream," the student guessed.

"Snow is thick stuff," said the teacher.
"So its like sand," the student guessed.

The teacher still couldn't explain what snow is to the student, later, during a test, there was a question about snow, some students said snow was light yellow, like cold and salty sand.

Because of this story, we know that some things can't be explained using words, when talking to people who haven't seen snow, its really hard to explain it to them. Even things that we can see are hard to explain. Them, what about all the things we can't see, or hear, or touch, how do explain those?

To know what snow is, we must go to a place with snow.

To know what the song of a yellow warbler is like, we must sit under their nests and listen.

To know what a flower smells like, we must go into the fields.

???

The most beautiful things in this world are hard to be explained using words.

Like when we are standing in snow, nothing needs to be said, and we know what snow is.

Snow, cold and clean, pure and beautiful, it touches our heart on a certain level.

雪的面目

The Face of Snow

林清玄

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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。

Somewhere near the equator, a elementary school teacher was trying hard to teach her student what snow was,but whatever he said, the student wouldn't understand.

老师说:雪是纯白的东西。
儿童就猜测:雪是像盐一样。

"Snow is pure white," said the teacher.
"So it's like salt," the student thought.

老师说:雪是冷的东西。
儿童就猜测:雪是像冰淇淋一样。

"Snow is cold," said the teacher.
"So it's like ice cream," the student guessed.

老师说:雪是粗粗的东西。
儿童就猜测:雪是像砂子一样。

"Snow is thick stuff," said the teacher.
"So its like sand," the student guessed.

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。”

The teacher still couldn't explain what snow is to the student, later, during a test, there was a question about snow, some students said snow was light yellow, like cold and salty 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?

Because of this story, we know that some things can't be explained using words, when talking to people who haven't seen snow, its really hard to explain it to them. Even things that we can see are hard to explain. Them, what about all the things we can't see, or hear, or touch, how do explain those?

我们要知道雪,只有自己到有雪的国度。

To know what snow is, we must go to a place with snow.

我们要听黄莺的歌声,就要坐到有黄莺的树下。

To know what the song of a yellow warbler is like, we must sit under their nests and listen.

我们要闻夜来香的清气,只有夜晚走到有花的庭院去。

To know what a flower smells like, we must go into the fields.

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。

The most beautiful things in this world are hard to be explained using words.

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, nothing needs to be said, and we know what snow is.

雪,冷面清明,纯净优美,在某一个层次上像极了我们的心。

Snow, cold and clean, pure and beautiful, it touches our heart on a certain level.

Who's Joe

2020年4月28日

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