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。

In Equator, a primary school teacher tried to explain the form of "snow" to children, but no matter what he said, children 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.
Children guess: 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 cold.
Children guess: 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.
Children guessed: 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。”

The teacher couldn't tell the child what snow was. In the end, when he took the exam, he had a question about "snow". As a result, several children answered: "Snow is light yellow, and the taste is 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?

This story tells us that there are some things that ca n’t be expressed in words. For those who have n’t seen snow, it ’s difficult for us to let him know about snow, and things like snow that can be seen and imaged are not clear. In vain. So, how can we express the silent, colorless, imageless, uncapturable thoughts clearly?

我们要知道雪,只有自己到有雪的国度。

we must see snow if we are in snow.

我们要听黄莺的歌声,就要坐到有黄莺的树下。

To listen to the singing of the yellow warbler, we must sit under the tree with the yellow warbler.

我们要闻夜来香的清气,只有夜晚走到有花的庭院去。

We want to smell the fragrance of the night fragrance, only at night to go to the flowered courtyard.

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 passionate and beautiful love letters are not necessarily the ones who love us the most; those who accompany us to drink and eat meat and pat on the shoulders are not necessarily true friends; those who speak of benevolence and morality are not necessarily a good person. those who signed the contract, there are times when they are abandoned and torn!

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 indescribable and unable expressive in words.

就像我们站在雪中,什么也不必说,就知道雪了。

Just like we stand in the snow, we don't need to say anything, we know the snow.

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 clear, pure and beautiful, and it looks like our heart at a certain level.

♬♕𝒮𝑒𝓇𝒶𝓅𝒽𝒾𝓃𝒶♕♬

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