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英语专业晨读美文-哲理篇 4 Shall We Choose Death

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[00:00.63]Shall We Choose Death?
[00:04.25]I am speaking not as a Briton, not as a European,
[00:09.71] not as a member of a western democracy,
[00:12.56]but as a human being, a member of the species Man,
[00:17.48]whose continued existence is in doubt.
[00:20.76]The world is full of conflicts: Jews and Arabs;
[00:24.81]Indians and Pakistanis; white men and Negroes in Africa;
[00:29.29] and, overshadowing all minor1 conflicts.
[00:32.24]As geological time is reckoned,
[00:34.76]Man has so far existed only for a very short period one million years at the most.
[00:41.54]What he has achieved,
[00:42.65]especially during the last 6 000 years,
[00:45.50]is something utterly2 new in the history of the Cosmos3,
[00:48.77]so far at least as we are acquainted with it.
[00:51.51] For countless4 ages the sun rose and set,
[00:55.23]the moon waxed and waned5, the stars shone in the night,
[00:59.71] but it was only with the coming of Man
[01:01.90]that these things were understood.
[01:04.20]In the great world of astronomy and in the little world of the atom,
[01:08.46]Man has unveiled secrets which might have been thought undiscoverable.
[01:13.50]In art and literature and religion,
[01:16.23]some men have shown a sublimity6 of feeling
[01:19.07]which makes the species worth preserving.
[01:21.59]Is all this to end in trivial horror
[01:24.10]because so few are able to think of Man
[01:26.40]rather than of this or that group of men?
[01:29.35] Is our race so destitute7 of wisdom,
[01:32.09]so incapable8 of impartial9 love,
[01:34.50]so blind even to the simplest dictates10 of self-preservation,
[01:38.65] that the last proof of its silly cleverness
[01:41.71]is to be the extermination11 of all life on our planet?
[01:46.96]For it will be not only men who will perish,
[01:50.02] but also the animals.
[01:51.88]I cannot believe that this is to be the end.
[01:54.40]I would have men forget their quarrels for a moment and reflect that,
[01:58.33]if they will allow themselves to survive,
[02:01.29]there is every reason to expect the triumphs of the future
[02:04.89]to exceed immeasurably the triumphs of the past.
[02:08.72]There lies before us, if we choose,
[02:12.01]continual progress in happiness, knowledge, and wisdom.
[02:16.60]Shall we, instead, choose death,
[02:19.55] because we cannot forget our quarrels?
[02:21.96]I appeal, as a human being to human beings:
[02:25.24]remember your humanity, and forget the rest.
[02:29.39]If you can do so, the way lies open to a new Paradise;
[02:33.77]if you cannot, nothing lies before you but universal death.


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1 minor e7fzR     
adj.较小(少)的,较次要的;n.辅修学科;vi.辅修
参考例句:
  • The young actor was given a minor part in the new play.年轻的男演员在这出新戏里被分派担任一个小角色。
  • I gave him a minor share of my wealth.我把小部分财产给了他。
2 utterly ZfpzM1     
adv.完全地,绝对地
参考例句:
  • Utterly devoted to the people,he gave his life in saving his patients.他忠于人民,把毕生精力用于挽救患者的生命。
  • I was utterly ravished by the way she smiled.她的微笑使我完全陶醉了。
3 cosmos pn2yT     
n.宇宙;秩序,和谐
参考例句:
  • Our world is but a small part of the cosmos.我们的世界仅仅是宇宙的一小部分而已。
  • Is there any other intelligent life elsewhere in the cosmos?在宇宙的其他星球上还存在别的有智慧的生物吗?
4 countless 7vqz9L     
adj.无数的,多得不计其数的
参考例句:
  • In the war countless innocent people lost their lives.在这场战争中无数无辜的人丧失了性命。
  • I've told you countless times.我已经告诉你无数遍了。
5 waned 8caaa77f3543242d84956fa53609f27c     
v.衰落( wane的过去式和过去分词 );(月)亏;变小;变暗淡
参考例句:
  • However,my enthusiasm waned.The time I spent at exercises gradually diminished. 然而,我的热情减退了。我在做操上花的时间逐渐减少了。 来自《用法词典》
  • The bicycle craze has waned. 自行车热已冷下去了。 来自《现代汉英综合大词典》
6 sublimity bea9f6f3906788d411469278c1b62ee8     
崇高,庄严,气质高尚
参考例句:
  • It'suggests no crystal waters, no picturesque shores, no sublimity. 这决不会叫人联想到晶莹的清水,如画的两岸,雄壮的气势。
  • Huckleberry was filled with admiration of Tom's facility in writing, and the sublimity of his language. 对汤姆流利的书写、响亮的内容,哈克贝利心悦诚服。
7 destitute 4vOxu     
adj.缺乏的;穷困的
参考例句:
  • They were destitute of necessaries of life.他们缺少生活必需品。
  • They are destitute of common sense.他们缺乏常识。
8 incapable w9ZxK     
adj.无能力的,不能做某事的
参考例句:
  • He would be incapable of committing such a cruel deed.他不会做出这么残忍的事。
  • Computers are incapable of creative thought.计算机不会创造性地思维。
9 impartial eykyR     
adj.(in,to)公正的,无偏见的
参考例句:
  • He gave an impartial view of the state of affairs in Ireland.他对爱尔兰的事态发表了公正的看法。
  • Careers officers offer impartial advice to all pupils.就业指导员向所有学生提供公正无私的建议。
10 dictates d2524bb575c815758f62583cd796af09     
n.命令,规定,要求( dictate的名词复数 )v.大声讲或读( dictate的第三人称单数 );口授;支配;摆布
参考例句:
  • Convention dictates that a minister should resign in such a situation. 依照常规部长在这种情况下应该辞职。 来自《简明英汉词典》
  • He always follows the dictates of common sense. 他总是按常识行事。 来自《简明英汉词典》
11 extermination 46ce066e1bd2424a1ebab0da135b8ac6     
n.消灭,根绝
参考例句:
  • All door and window is sealed for the extermination of mosquito. 为了消灭蚊子,所有的门窗都被封闭起来了。 来自辞典例句
  • In doing so they were saved from extermination. 这样一来却使它们免于绝灭。 来自辞典例句
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