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五月

五月了,不覺間課程已過了大半,按家鄉的季節來說又快要到夏天了。記憶裡,枝葉間的蟬鳴仿佛又隨著明澈的陽光連綿不斷地鳴響了起來。人真是奇怪的動物啊,總是離開了才覺察出各種好來,然而每當身臨其境時卻反而覺得這些事物是並不珍貴的。我還記得叔叔為此曾告誡過我們的話語,說,你們現在覺得家裡的飯菜吃起來香,但回去吃一段時間就會又開始挑剔起來了,是不是這樣?想想也確確實實是這個樣子,讓人蠻忍俊不禁的。


May has come. Unconsciously, semester has passed half, and according to my hometown’s weather, it should be near summer now. In memory, cicada among the leaves seem to again sound incessantly. What a strange animal human is. We often see the goodness after leaving, but feel it normal when being there. I still remember what uncle has said on this: “now you think that the rice of home is perfect, but coming back and staying for a while, you will begin to criticize it, isn’t it?”Thinking it twice, I think it is just like this, which is funny.


大概是清朝還是明朝時候的事,發生了一場很大的瘟疫,染病的百姓紛紛死去,使得各地都人心惶惶。於是一天出現了一個人,口稱自己能治好此疾,大家便都爭相敬拜,花錢送禮,甚至願意舔舐他腳上的泥土。然而後來,這個人卻忽然消失了,再後來,人們就發現他是因鬥毆而被官府送進了牢獄裡。而這時人們才悟到,原來這人是個騙子。這篇文章是我們在打坐時讀到的,使我感受到在災難的面前,普通人的絕望與無助。為了活命,人們願意去不顧一切地嘗試,有時會上當受騙,有時則得天眷顧。說起前者,那大抵就是前兩年國內的搶購雙黃連,而後者,則無疑就是九十年代東北地區信仰的廣泛傳播了。在這十年間,預計累積有數千萬的東北工人在這個極端寒冷的地區遭遇「下崗」。他們沒有經濟來源,不得不背井離鄉,南下打工,甚而去菜市場撿拾菜葉,或是從事色情行業。而每每到了冬天,因為沒有暖氣,街頭上便常常會出現凍結的屍體。


Perhaps during Qing and Ming Dynasty, there happened a large pestilence. Sick people died one after one, making many people worried. Then one day there appeared a person claiming that he could cure the disease, so the crowd all rushed to him, giving him money and gifts, and even willing to lick the soil on his feet. However, soon this person suddenly disappeared, and a while later, people found him in the prison because of fight. This article made me feel the despair and helplessness of people when they faced disaster. To live, they were willing to try, but the result could be good or bad. Speaking of bad, there was the event of Shuang Huang Lian in China two years ago; good, there was the common belief in God that occurred in East North of China in 1990s. During the ten years, there were tens of millions of workers that encountered unemployment in this cold place. They didn’t have source of income, so even had to pick leaves in market, and entered adult industry; when it was winter, because of lack of warmness, on the streets there would often appear frozen bodies. The wailing wind there, will it be blowing all the way to Beijing which is not far away?





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