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(2007-09-01 16:51:24)
 

Never Play on Railway

 

有一群小朋友两条铁轨上玩,一条还在使用,一条已经停用。只有一个小朋友在停用的铁轨上玩,其它的小朋友都在仍在使用中的铁轨上玩。很不巧的,火车来了,而且理所当然往仍在使用的铁轨上行驶,这条铁轨上有很多小朋友在玩耍。

A flock of kids were playing on two railways, one railway still being employed while the other obsolete. Most of the kid were on the former one while only one kid on the other. Just in the nick of time, a train was coming, on the railway where most kids were enjoying themselves.

 

如果那一群小朋友玩得很投入,以至于听到火车声音时,来不及跑掉,怎么办?这是我们非常不想看到的情况,作为站在切换器旁的我,,尽管有一万个不情愿,但还是必须要做出选择。

If these kids were completely absorbed in their games, failing to catch the coming alarm from train and unable to run away in time, what will you do if you are beside the switcher. It will be a horrible case which we are reluctant to deal with. If unfortunately I was the very person near the switcher, despite great reluctance, I have to make my choice.

 

我选择让火车正常行使,不切换轨道。当然,这样的后果是那些在使用中的轨道上玩耍的小朋友将遭遇灾难。其实我们谁也不忍心看到这一幕,毕竟这些鲜活的生命是因无知或麻痹大意而遭受灾难。但是我们回过头来,仔细想想,这是他们没有遵守秩序、规则而遭受的惩罚,因为正在使用中的铁轨是不允许在上面玩耍的,而那个在停用的铁轨上玩耍的孩子,他没有违反秩序、规则,所以他的权利我们无权剥夺。另外再想想,一条铁道会被停止使用,是否代表着这个铁轨有着潜藏的危机呢?如果切换轨道,牺牲的就不只是一个或一群小孩了,而是整车的乘客呢?

I would make my decision that this train should run as scheduled before, instead of switching the route. Of course, it would come to that all the kids playing on this railway would meet their end tragically. Frankly speaking, none of us would have the heart to witness this catastrophe, since these loving kids suffered only because of their ignorance or negligence. However after thinking it over, we will see that their penalty results from their breach from regulations, that it is not permitted to play on the railway in use. As for the kid on the obsolete one, who did not violate regulations, we are not allowed to deprive him of his right. Again, let’s think it over. Does it suggest that the railway is in potential danger when it is no longer in use? If you switch the railway, will it be the case that all of the passengers would die instead of several kids? 

 

现实就是现实,它不以人的意识为转移。

This is reality, relentless and it will never cater to human willings.

 

现实生活中,制定出来的法律、法规是让人遵守,以维护社会公平、稳定的,决不能因为某某人在无知或无意的情况下触犯它,而不受它的制裁。只有有效的执行法律、法规,惩处肇事者,才能保证法律、法规存在的意义。否则,执法者不能有效的执法,惩处肇事者,必然造成法律尊严的散失,使它成为一纸空文,使肇事者有恃无恐,为了一己私利,加倍危害社会,造成社会灾难,对遵纪守法的公民是极不公平的。

In our society, laws and regulations are drafted and come into effect in order that citizens would follow them and thus social just and harmony can be safeguarded,and secured. None could escape from his due punishment, just with such pretexts as ignorance or unintentionability, once he violate laws or regulations. Thus, laws or regulations realize their value. Otherwise, laws and regulations would not be enforced effectively, which would result in their invalidity and worse still, violators would be fearless when they commit crimes for their own sake. If so, it would be unimaginable and disastrous and it is absolutely unfair for the timid and compliant citizens.

 

世人都知道,有“花园城市”之称的新加坡,不但城市整洁、漂亮,吸引着世界各国众多的游客前来观光、旅游,为新加坡带来巨大的外汇收入。而且新加坡政府素来也是以廉洁、管理高效著称;国家的法律、法规在这里被高效地实施、执行。正因为新加坡政府以身作则,高效管理,才使新加坡社会稳定,令行禁止,经济繁荣,人民安居乐业,使名不见经传的新加坡成为令世界瞩目的“花园城市”。

Singapore, as you know, is famous as City of Garden in the world, where it is neat and tidy, and tourists from all over the world would like to visit, which bring Singapore great foreign earnings. Moreover, Singapore also distinguishes itself by its honest and efficient public management, where law and regulations are effectively executed. Resultingly, Singaporean society could be stable and prosperous, and its people could live peace and enjoy their work, and all of these secure Singapore’s position in the world.

 

我们回过头来,再看一下开头的讨论,如果两条轨道都可以玩耍的话,那为什么还要分为停止使用的轨道和正常使用的轨道呢?在停止使用的轨道上玩的孩子和火车上的乘客,他们都没有违规,他们不应该被剥夺应有的权利,或承担遭受灾难的风险;这一切都是那些小朋友在使用的轨道上玩耍造成的,他们的行为是违规的,他们应该对自己的行为负责。

 Let’s have a review of the case above. If kids can play on both railways, why do then people divide them into obsolete one and normal one? The kid on the obsolete and passengers in the train should not be deprived of their right or responsible for the catastrophe because they do not offend. And the ones who should take responsibilities ought to be the kids playing the other railway, simply because they violate regulations.

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