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Yes Virginia, There is a Santa Claus

(2005-12-17 12:18:57)
分类: 孩子教育我

孩子,世上确实有圣诞老人

           ——张开冰

 

先看看我的中文翻译吧:

 

弗吉妮亚,

   你的小朋友们错了。

   他们受到这怀疑年代的怀疑主义影响。他们除非亲眼看见,否则不会相信。只要他们小小脑袋所无法理解的事情,他们都会认为是不可能的。弗吉妮亚,所有的头脑,不管是大人的还是小孩的,都很小。在我们这个浩瀚的宇宙中,人类的智力相对于无边无际的世界,我们掌握所有真理和知识的能力只不过像小小的昆虫,像一只蚂蚁。

   是的,弗吉妮亚,真的有圣诞老人!他的存在就像爱、慷慨和奉献的存在一样确定,你知道它们充满世间并为你的生活带来美丽和欢乐。哎呀!如果没有圣诞老人,世界将是多么沉闷!就像没有弗吉妮亚一样沉闷。那就没有我们赖以生存的孩子般的信仰、诗歌和爱。我们将体会不到感官之外的快乐。孩童带给世界的光明将变得暗淡失色。

   如果不相信圣诞老人,你也许也不相信仙女和精灵。你也许可以让你的爸爸找人在平安夜守着所有的烟囱希望逮着圣诞老人,但是即使你看不到圣诞老人从烟囱爬下,那又证明什么呢?没有人见过圣诞老人,并不表示没有圣诞老人。世界上最真实的事往往是大人和小孩都看不见的。你见过仙女和精灵在草坪上跳舞吗?当然没有,但并不表示他们不在那里。没有谁可以构想出世上所有看不见或无法看见的奇迹神话。

   你可以撕开拨郎鼓看里面是什么在发出响声。然而,即使最强壮的人,甚至集合世上所有最强壮的人的力量,都撕不开这蒙在看不见的世界外面的那层面纱。只有信念、诗歌和爱,才能推开那层纱帘,窥视超自然的美丽和荣耀。它们都是真的存在吗?

   呵,弗吉妮亚,在这世界上,没有什么比其这真实和持久了。

   怎么会没有圣诞老人!感谢上帝!圣诞老人活着,并永远活着。

   再过一千年,弗吉妮亚,甚至再过十个一万年,他依然继续给孩子的心带来快乐。
 
 
以下是当时报纸上的英文原文,文字十分优美: 
 

Virginia, your little friends are wrong. They have been affected by the scepticism of a sceptical age. They do not believe except they see. They think that nothing can be which is not comprehensible by their little minds. All minds, Virginia, whether they be men's or children's, are little. In this great universe of ours, man is a mere insect, an ant, in his intellect as compared with the boundless world about him, as measured by the intelligence capable of grasping the whole of truth and knowledge. 

Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus. He exists as certainly as love and generosity and devotion exist, and you know that they abound and give to your life its highest beauty and joy. Alas! how dreary would be the world if there were no Santa Claus! It would be as dreary as if there were no Virginias. There would be no child like faith then, no poetry, no romance to make tolerable this existence. We should have no enjoyment, except in sense and sight. The external light with which childhood fills the world would be extinguished.

Not believe in Santa Claus! You might as well not believe in fairies. You might get your papa to have men to watch in all the chimneys on Christmas leve to catch Santa Claus, but even if you did not see Santa Claus coming down, what would that prove? Nobody sees Santa Claus, but that is no sign that there is no Santa Claus. The most real things in the world are those that neither children nor men can see. Did you ever see fairies dancing on the lawn? Of course not, but that's no proof that they are not there. Nobody can conceive of imagine all the wonders there are unseen and unseeable in the world.

You tear apart the baby's rattle and see what makes the noise inside, but there is a veil covering the unseen world which not the strongest men, nor even the united strength of all the strongest men that ever lived could tear apart. Only faith, poetry, love romance, can push aside that curtain and view and picture the supernal beauty and glory beyond. Is it all real? Ah, Virginia, in all this world there is nothing else real and abiding. 

No Santa Claus! Thank God! He lives and lives forever. A thousand years from now, Virginia, nay 10 times 10,000 years from now, he will continue to make glad the heart of childhood.

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