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圣雄甘地:要想改变世界 请先改变自己

kira86 于2019-09-03发布 l 已有人浏览
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圣雄甘地认为,要改变世界,我们首先就要按照我们想要的样子来改变自己。
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If You Want to Change the World

如果你想改变世界

The Mahatma Gandhi believed that we must be the change we want to see in the world. This was well demonstrated when he helped India gain its independence. Gandhi was a revolutionary man, but he accomplished India's emergence as a nation without starting a revolution. In fact, he advocated no violence. One of the most powerful countries in the world yielded to the commitment of one man and the dream of millions.

圣雄甘地认为,要改变世界,我们首先就要按照我们想要的样子来改变自己。甘地在帮助印度获得独立时,就很好地证明了这一点。甘地曾是一位革命家,但他没有发动革命斗争就实现了印度的独立建国。事实上,他倡导的是非暴力途径。而当时世界上最强大的国家之一就为这一个人的献身和数百万人的梦想所屈服了(编注:这里指1947年,英国政府被迫放弃对印度的殖民统治)。

What change can we effect? What's the difference we want to make in the world?

我们能带来什么样的改变?我们又想为这个世界改变些什么呢?

Gandhi said, "In a gentle way you can shake the world." Here are some things to think about how to do just that.

甘地曾经说过:“只需要用一种温柔的方式,你就能撼动整个世界。”怎样做到这一点,你必须想清楚一些事情。

1.Know that all significant change throughout history has occurred not because of nations, armies, governments - and certainly not committees. They happened as a result of the courage and commitment of individuals.People like Joan of Arc , Albert Einstein, Clara Burton , Abraham Lincoln, Thomas Edison and Rosa Parks . They might not have done it alone, but they were, without question, the change makers.

1.要知道,历史上任何重大的改变都不是因为哪些国家、军队或政府——当然更不是什么委员会造就的。这些改变都源自个人的勇气和奉献,像圣女贞德、阿尔伯特·爱因斯坦、克拉拉·巴顿、亚伯拉罕· 林肯、托马斯·爱迪生和罗莎·帕克斯这些人都改变了世界。这些人或许不是靠一己之力实现了这些改变,但毫无疑问,他们都是带来改变的人。

2.Believe that you have a unique purpose and potential in the world. It's not so much something to create as to be discovered. And it's up to you to discover it. Believe that you can and will make a difference.

2.要相信你存在于这个世界上是有特殊意义和潜能的。它们更多地需要你去发现,而非创造。能否发现取决于你。要相信你可以而且肯定会让这个世界变得不一样。

3.Recognize that everything you do, every step you take, every sentence you write, and every word you speak - or DON'T speak - counts. Nothing is trivial. The world may be big, but there are no small things.Everything matters.

3.要认识到你每做一件事、每走一步、每写一句话、每说一个字——或者你没有说出来的每一个字——都意义非凡。没有什么是微不足道的。这个世界或许很大,但是没有什么是渺小的。任何东西都有意义。

4.To be the change you want to see in the world, you don't have to be loud. You don't have to be eloquent . You don't have to be elected. You don't even have to be particularly smart or well educated. You do, however, have to be committed.

4.要想改变世界,首先要按照那个样子来改变自己,但是你不需要大声喊出来。你不需要口若悬河。你不需要被推选成领导人物。你甚至不需要特别聪明或者受过很好的教育。但是,你必须为此倾注自己的一切。

5.Take personal responsibility. Never think that "it's not my job". It's a cop-out to say, "What can I do? I'm only one person." You don't need everyone's cooperation or anyone's permission to make changes. Remember this little gem: "If it's to be, it's up to me."

5.自己的责任自己担。永远都不要认为“那不关我的事”。“就我自己一个人,又能做些什么呢”只是一个推脱的借口。要做出改变,你不需要所有人的合作或任何人的允许。要记住这个道理:“能否成事,取决于我。”

6.Don't get caught up in the how of things. If you're clear on what you want to change and why you want to change it, the how will come. Many significant things have been left undone because someone let the problem-solving interfere with the decision-making.

6.不要纠结于如何去做事情。如果你清楚自己想要改变什么以及为什么要这么改变的话,你自然会知道该怎么办。许多重要的事情没有人去做,是因为那些人老想着怎么解决问题却一直没有下决定。

7.Don't wait for things to be right in order to begin. Change is messy. Things will never be just right. Follow Teddy Roosevelt's timeless advice: "Do what you can, with what you have, where you are."

7.不要等到万事俱备才着手开始去做。改变本身就是混乱的,事情从来都不会刚刚好。听从泰迪·罗斯福那条经典的建议吧:“立足脚下,凭你之有,尽你所能。”

8.The genesis for change is awareness. We cannot change what we don't acknowledge . Most of the time, we aren't aware of what's wrong or what's not working. We don't see what could be done. By becoming more aware, we begin the process of change.

8.一切改变皆源于觉醒。我们不可能去改变我们不承认的东西。多数时候,我们没有意识到什么东西是错的或者什么事情行不通。我们看不到事物发展的可能性。只有意识变得更敏锐,我们才能开始改变。

9.Take to heart these words from Albert Einstein - arguably one of the smartest change master who ever lived: "All meaningful and lasting change starts first in your imagination and then works its way out. Imagination is more important than knowledge."

9.心里牢记阿尔伯特·爱因斯坦的这些话——他可能算得上最明智的变革大师了:“一切有意义并且长久的变革都始于你的想象力,然后才变成现实。想象力比知识更重要。”

10.In order for things to change, YOU have to change. We can't change others; we can only change ourselves. However, when WE change, it changes everything. And in doing so, we truly can be the change we want to see in the world.

10.要想改变什么,你必须改变自己。我们不能改变别人,我们只能改变自己。然而,当我们改变了自己,就可以改变一切。只有这样做,我们才真正可以把自己按照我们想要的那样去改变。

The following words are inscribed on the tomb of an Anglican bishop in Westminster Abbey (1100 A.D.):

在威斯敏斯特教堂(公元1100年)圣公会主教的墓碑上刻着这样的文字:

When I was young and free and my imagination had no limits, I dreamed of changing the world. As I grew older and wiser, I discovered the world would not change, so I shortened my sights some what and decided to change only my country.

“当我还年轻而且自由的时候,我有着无限的想象力,梦想着改变整个世界。可随着我年纪渐长,睿智渐增,我却发现世界不会因为我而改变,于是我把视线稍微缩短,决定只要改变我的国家就行了。

But it, too, seemed immovable.

但是,看样子国家也没办法改变。

As I grew into my twilight years, in one last desperate attempt, I settled for changing only my family, those closest to me, but alas, they would have none of it.

随着我步入晚年,作为绝望中的最后一搏,我决定改变我的家人——那些跟我最亲近的人——就够了,但是,唉,他们没有发生任何改变。

And now, as I lie on my deathbed . I suddenly realize: if I had only changed myself first, then by example I would have changed my family.

如今,在我临终时,我才忧然意识到:如果我一开始先改变我自己,我就可以以身作则改变我的家人。

From their inspiration and encouragement, I would then have been able to better my country, and who knows, I may have even changed the world.

通过家人的鼓舞和激励,我就可以让我的国家变得更好,然后谁说得准呢,我或许甚至还能够改变整个世界。”

Since this list was inspired by Gandhi's belief, it seems appropriate to end with another of his quotes:

既然上面说的这几点都是来自甘地的信念,用他的另一句话来结束本文似乎很合适:

Consciously or unconsciously, every one of us does render some service or other. If we cultivate the habit of doing this service deliberately , our desire for service will steadily grow stronger and we will make not only our own happiness, but that of the world at large .

“无论你是否意识到,我们每个人其实都或多或少地在奉献。如果我们有意识地把这样的奉献培养成一种习惯,那么我们奉献的想法就会变得越发强烈,这样一来,我们不仅会让自己幸福,也会让整个世界幸福起来。”

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