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07-You Are What You Do

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You Are What You Do

by Mayling Soong

If the past has taught us anything, it is that every cause brings effect — every action has a consequence1). This thought, in my opinion, is the moral foundation of the universe; it applies equally in this world and the next. We Chinese have a saying: “If a man plants melons, he will reap melons; if he sows beans, he will reap beans.” And this is true of every man’s life: good begets2) good, and evil leads to evil.

True enough, the sun shines on the saint and sinner alike, and too often it seems that the wicked wax3) and prosper4). But we can say with certitude5) that, with the individual as with the nation, the flourishing of the wicked is an illusion6), for, unceasingly, life keeps books on us all.

In the end, we are all the sum total of our actions. Character cannot be counterfeited7), nor can it be put on and cast off as if it were a garment to meet the whim8) of the moment. Like the markings on wood which are ingrained9) in the very heart of the tree, character requires time and nurture5 for growth and development. Thus also, day by day, we write our own destiny, for inexorably10) we become what we do. This, I believe, is the supreme11) logic7 and law of life.

注释

1) consequence [5kCnsIkwEns] n. 结果

2) beget1 [bI5get] vt. 招致,产生,引起

3) wax [wAks] vi. 增强,增加

4) prosper2 [5prCspE] v. 成功, 兴隆, 昌盛

5) certitude [5sE:tItju:d] n. 确实,确信

6) illusion [I5lu:VEn, I5lju:-] n. 假象,错觉,幻觉

7) counterfeit3 [5kauntEfIt] vt. 伪造,假冒

8) whim4 [(h)wIm] n. 一时的兴致

9) ingrained [5In5greInd] adj. 根深蒂固的

10) inexorably [In5eksErEblI] adv. 不为所动地

11) supreme6 [sju5pri:m] adj. 至高的, 最高的

你即你所为

文:宋美龄

如果过去的日子曾经教过我们一些什么的话,那便是有因必有果──每一个行为都有一种结果。依我之见,这种观念是宇宙的道德基础;它也同样适用于今生和来世。

我们中国人有句谚语说:“种瓜得瓜,种豆得豆。”这也适用于每个人的生活:善有善报,恶有恶报。

的确,圣人与罪人皆会受到阳光的披泽,而且常常似乎是恶者大行其道。但是我们可以确信地说,不管是对个人或是对国家而言,恶人猖獗只是一种幻象,因为生命无时无刻不将我们的所作所为一笔一笔记录下来。

最终,我们就是我们行为的总和。品德是无法伪造的,也无法像衣服一样随兴地穿上或脱下来丢在一旁。就像木头纹路源自树木的中心,品德的成长与发育也需要时间和滋养。

也因此,我们日复一日地写下自身的命运,因为我们的所为毫不留情地决定我们的命运。我相信这就是人生的最高逻辑和法则。

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1 beget LuVzW     
v.引起;产生
参考例句:
  • Dragons beget dragons,phoenixes beget phoenixes.龙生龙,凤生凤。
  • Economic tensions beget political ones.经济紧张导致政治紧张。
2 prosper iRrxC     
v.成功,兴隆,昌盛;使成功,使昌隆,繁荣
参考例句:
  • With her at the wheel,the company began to prosper.有了她当主管,公司开始兴旺起来。
  • It is my earnest wish that this company will continue to prosper.我真诚希望这家公司会继续兴旺发达。
3 counterfeit 1oEz8     
vt.伪造,仿造;adj.伪造的,假冒的
参考例句:
  • It is a crime to counterfeit money.伪造货币是犯罪行为。
  • The painting looked old but was a recent counterfeit.这幅画看上去年代久远,实际是最近的一幅赝品。
4 whim 2gywE     
n.一时的兴致,突然的念头;奇想,幻想
参考例句:
  • I bought the encyclopedia on a whim.我凭一时的兴致买了这本百科全书。
  • He had a sudden whim to go sailing today.今天他突然想要去航海。
5 nurture K5sz3     
n.养育,照顾,教育;滋养,营养品;vt.养育,给与营养物,教养,扶持
参考例句:
  • The tree grows well in his nurture.在他的培育下这棵树长得很好。
  • The two sisters had received very different nurture.这俩个姊妹接受过极不同的教育。
6 supreme PHqzc     
adj.极度的,最重要的;至高的,最高的
参考例句:
  • It was the supreme moment in his life.那是他一生中最重要的时刻。
  • He handed up the indictment to the supreme court.他把起诉书送交最高法院。
7 logic j0HxI     
n.逻辑(学);逻辑性
参考例句:
  • What sort of logic is that?这是什么逻辑?
  • I don't follow the logic of your argument.我不明白你的论点逻辑性何在。
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