2016年1月1日 星期五

Confucius is a most unlikely figure to be made the centre of veneration

這是2008年的一則試譯。還有一半沒譯出。

Even from this brief discussion, we can see that Confucius is a most unlikely figure to be made the centre of veneration. He did not have conventional leadership qualities, and his resonance - to me at least - comes from his lack of grandstanding; his constant awareness of his own shortcomings; his rejection of dogmatism; and his flashes of dry wit. These qualities, mixed with an ongoing patience with the hasty questions of the young, and his determination to help them think rather than force their adherence to a particular point of view. Few other world figures, I think, could have phrased their life goals in the disarming yet proud way that Confucius did, as recorded in the Analects. And this celebrated passage, known widely in China, just goes as follows:
史景遷先生
即使從上述簡短的討論,我們就知道,孔子最不可能成為重人崇拜的人物。他沒有傳統的領導素質,而他能引人共鳴的--管見--來自他不會去譁眾取寵;他一向都能自覺自己的缺點他能"毋固、毋必"他待人接物上能針貶而不討人厭,能幽默以對。


This delivery is also called dry humor or dry wit, when the intent, but not the presentation, is humorous, blunt, oblique, sarcastic, laconic, or apparently unintentional.


Urban Dictionary: dry wit

www.urbandictionary.com/define.php?term=dry+wit

Top Definitiondry wit. 1.) The ability to criticise someone and have them laugh about it; see also oblivious 2.) Humour that soars over the heads of your less ...

grand・stand

grandstand is a large and normally permanent structure for seating spectators, most often at a racetrack.


(競馬場・競技場などの)正面観覧席; ((集合的)) その観客たち.
grand・stander 〔米話〕 スタンドプレーをする人.
grandstand finish 手に汗にぎる大接戦.
grandstand play 〔米〕 (野球の)スタンドプレー ((観衆のかっさいを目当てのプレー)).


grandstanding Show phonetics
noun [U] US INFORMAL
acting or speaking in a way intended to attract the good opinion of other people who are watching

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