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在这个宇宙中找到过彼此

这是卡尔·萨根的遗孀安·德鲁彦在2003年接受《怀疑论者访谈》的采访时所说的一段话,感人至深,故简译于此。

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''When my husband died, because he was so famous and known for not being a believer, many people would come up to me-it still sometimes happens-and ask me if Carl changed at the end and converted to a belief in an afterlife. They also frequently ask me if I think I will see him again. Carl faced his death with unflagging courage and never sought refuge in illusions. The tragedy was that we knew we would never see each other again. I don't ever expect to be reunited with Carl. But, the great thing is that when we were together, for nearly twenty years, we lived with a vivid appreciation of how brief and precious life is. We never trivialized the meaning of death by pretending it was anything other than a final parting. Every single moment that we were alive and we were together was miraculous-not miraculous in the sense of inexplicable or supernatural. We knew we were beneficiaries of chance. . . . That pure chance could be so generous and so kind. . . . That we could find each other, as Carl wrote so beautifully in Cosmos, you know, in the vastness of space and the immensity of time. . . . That we could be together for twenty years. That is something which sustains me and it’s much more meaningful. . . . The way he treated me and the way I treated him, the way we took care of each other and our family, while he lived. That is so much more important than the idea I will see him someday. I don't think I'll ever see Carl again. But I saw him. We saw each other. We found each other in the cosmos, and that was wonderful.''

– Ann Druyan, interviewed by the Committee for Skeptical Inquiry. Skeptical Inquirer 27 (6). November–December 2003.

“当我的丈夫去世时,因为他太出名了,并且因为不是个信徒而出名,许多人到我这儿来,现在有时还会这样,问我,卡尔在最后时刻有没有转变,在来生里成为有信仰者。他们也常常问我,我会不会想再见到他。卡尔以毫不妥协的勇气直面他的死亡,从未在幻觉中寻求慰藉。最大的悲伤是我们不会再见面了。我从不期望能够与卡尔重聚。然而,最美好的是,当我们在一起时,大约有二十年,我们强烈欣赏度过的如此简约而珍贵的生活。除了把死亡视为最终的告别之外,我们从没有因为假装把死亡当成其它的东西而削弱了死亡的意义。我们活着并在一起的每一个瞬间都是如此的神奇,但不是那种无法解释的或者超自然的神奇。我们知道,我们都是机遇的受益者……这个单纯的机遇曾如此的慷慨且如此的仁慈……我们能够找到彼此,就像卡尔在《宇宙》中优美的书写一样,你知道的,在广漠的空间与无垠的时间中……我们能够在一起二十年。这是支撑我的力量,如此有意义的是……他待我的方式与我待她的方式,我们对待彼此与家庭的方式,当他活着时。这个比将来某一天会再见到他的想法更有意义。我从不认为我会再见到卡尔。但我看见过他。我们相互珍视过。我们在这个宇宙中寻找到过彼此,这精彩绝伦。”

——安·德鲁彦,《怀疑论者访谈》,2003

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