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March 08, 2007

圣经随谈

突然发现一个有趣的现象,从科研和学术成果来说,总是男性研究者居于领先地位,女性研究者寥寥无几。那么再以教书领域来看,吸引学生的还是以男性居多,特别是一些较为专业的课程,如文学类课程。当然这个问题似乎没有什么深究的必要,毕竟阐发的完全是一家之言,说不定别人不会这样认为。我只是想说我们的西方文学思潮老师(文学博士)的确是一个渊博且魅力的人。

那天说道《圣经》的问题,《圣经》是一部鸿篇巨制,其实有不少东西是我们忽视的。《圣经》分为《旧约》和《新约》。《旧约》事实上是犹太教的圣经,《希伯来圣经》,而基督教新教的圣经包括《旧约》和《新约》。天主教、东正教的圣经还包括《次经》。(说不定还有次次经,外经,伪经等等)基督教新教最初则是犹太教的一个异端派别,其创始人耶稣宣扬不同犹太传统的教义最后被钉死十字架,其门徒恪信耶稣复活升天,超凡入圣,继续宣传其教义,慢慢才形成今天的基督教派系。

March 08, 2007

西部牛仔(1)

 一群特殊的人

绵延纵深的落基山脉是他的家园,苍天为被,大地作床。骑在马背上的美国牛仔是生活在广袤西部的先行者。他们出生的时候肤色往往是白色的,在炎热阳光,风霜雪雨的自然作用下,他们变得黝黑黝黑的,不过很少有人会介意。他们几乎不会读书写作-这些并不重要!他们要求的素质与众不同:

“He had to know something about cow psychology I mean, know what a cow’s idea are. I won’t say what her thoughts are, because she didn’t have any more thoughts than the average man has, but she has instincts. Now, a cowman didn’t have to own cattle, but he had to know cattle!”

牛仔喜欢牛群的哞叫,他们吹着口哨,牛群就乖乖地跟随,牛群牛仔结伴行在辽阔的大草原上。如果你在那样的季节来到这里,你将会看到:牛群悠闲地吃着草,身后踏出一条热气腾腾,灰尘密布的道路。无论是在炽热的夏天还是刺骨的冬季,一年中的任何一个季节,晒的黝黑的牛仔带着大毡帽,跨上奔驰的骏马穿梭在牛群中间,好似其中的一员,他们吆喝着,高喊着,引导着牛群。这就是牛仔忙碌的工作,驱赶着牛群奔向不确定的未来。牛仔是一群特殊的人。

March 08, 2007

i don’t celebrate christmas day

Although I am quite familiar with the origin and celebrations of Christmas Day, the most important festival in the western world, actually I’ve never got the idea of participating its crazy celebrations, which could terrify foreign guests.

Some of my classmates now are working as policemen. For them, Christmas Day is their yearly ultimate nightmare and disgusting experience. Just imagine millions of people gathering at Chunxi Road and Tianfu Square! Every moment is rush hour and all the major avenues are thronged with purposeless city dwellers. The police force must make sure the Christmas celebrations under control- no one will be injured during the heavy traffic. Therefore to deal with this instant stream of people and cars, no policeman can stay at home as an outsider. The flood of people is sure to be their formidable “enemy” tonight. My friends complained as usual, “Where the hell do these people come from? ” “I have no hope of being quiet today!” I didn’t have such complains, but I understood them.

One of our unique Christmas celebrations is to use a sort of air-filled toy to hit one another on the face. I guess foreign friends never dream of that. If you intend to “fight” back, you are doomed. People will greet you with shouting, crying and air-filled toy hitting.

March 08, 2007

流浪者一课

还有谁保留有读中学的时候写过的作文或周记吗?答案估计是否定的。今天在书柜里翻东西,想不到竟找到高一时期的周记本,幼稚的笔端记录着成长的点点滴滴。看着自己的文章很多感慨:一回首自己都到了儿立之年,时间真的是飞逝如电!然而记忆却很清晰,一如昨天你听过的华彩乐章,看过的优美电影。这就是古今无数骚人墨客描绘的青春。青春活在记忆中,而文章看来需要挖掘性地整理保护,对我来说这些是宝贵的。现抄录一篇在博客之上供自己缅怀,大家也可玩味。博客记录自己感兴趣地一切,它使得人际交流又多了一个充满人文气息的渠道,当然归根结底,博客就是一个人跳舞,自娱自乐。

《流浪者一课》

1992年10月11日