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“圣诞老人确实存在”

Posted by loong on 2016/12/25 in 生活休闲 |

在商业炒作的推动下,圣诞节这类外来节日这些年是越来越流行,而我却一直固执的觉得圣诞节不论从文化传统还是宗教信仰上都和中国人扯不上什么关系,所以也很少去凑这个热闹。今天的圣诞节恰逢周末,气氛更是热烈,商家在绞尽脑子利用这个机会,网络上也是铺天盖地的圣诞话题。不凑热闹的我在上网时无意中看到一篇关于圣诞老人是否存在的的文章,原本是被标题吸引出于好奇随意浏览,但看完之后却让我无法再淡定,忍不住要转来分享,因为圣诞节虽然与我们无关,但爱心、宽容、希望却与所有人有关。

故事是这样的,1897年,纽约一个8岁的小女孩给当地著名的太阳报写了一封信询问圣诞老人是否真的存在,太阳报的一名编辑看过她这充满童真的信后并没有把他当成孩童的闹剧不予理会,而是非常认真的就此发表了一篇社论作为回复,这位曾在美国内战中做过战地通讯记者的编辑亲眼目睹过战争的残酷,深知那种环境下的无助和绝望,但他并没有因此而麻木,他在社论里告诉孩子圣诞老人和爱心、宽容、奉献一样真实存在。他将一个简单的问题升华,传播了对世界、对生活的爱,这篇社论在后来的100多年里被电影、电视、书报等各类媒体广泛引用,成为英语世界里重印次数最多的社论,读这篇社论甚至成了美国圣诞节的一个传统节目。

如果说圣诞老人是一个美丽的谎言,那这篇社论就是一个有水平、有爱心的美丽谎言。笔者水平有限,全文转载于此很朋友们分享。

小女孩弗吉尼娅写给太阳报的信原文如下:

DEAR EDITOR:
I am 8 years old.
Some of my little friends say there is no Santa Claus.
Papa says, ‘If you see it in THE SUN it’s so.’
Please tell me the truth; is there a Santa Claus?

VIRGINIA O’HANLON.
115 WEST NINETY-FIFTH STREET.

编辑弗兰西斯·丘奇发表的社论原文如下:

“YES, VIRGINIA, THERE IS A SANTA CLAUS”

VIRGINIA, your little friends are wrong. They have been affected by the skepticism of a skeptical age. They do not believe except they see. They think that nothing can be which is not comprehensible by their little minds. All minds, Virginia, whether they be men’s or children’s, are little. In this great universe of ours man is a mere insect, an ant, in his intellect, as compared with the boundless world about him, as measured by the intelligence capable of grasping the whole of truth and knowledge.

Yes, VIRGINIA, there is a Santa Claus. He exists as certainly as love and generosity and devotion exist, and you know that they abound and give to your life its highest beauty and joy. Alas! how dreary would be the world if there were no Santa Claus. It would be as dreary as if there were no VIRGINIAS. There would be no childlike faith then, no poetry, no romance to make tolerable this existence. We should have no enjoyment, except in sense and sight. The eternal light with which childhood fills the world would be extinguished.

Not believe in Santa Claus! You might as well not believe in fairies! You might get your papa to hire men to watch in all the chimneys on Christmas Eve to catch Santa Claus, but even if they did not see Santa Claus coming down, what would that prove? Nobody sees Santa Claus, but that is no sign that there is no Santa Claus. The most real things in the world are those that neither children nor men can see. Did you ever see fairies dancing on the lawn? Of course not, but that’s no proof that they are not there. Nobody can conceive or imagine all the wonders there are unseen and unseeable in the world.

You may tear apart the baby’s rattle and see what makes the noise inside, but there is a veil covering the unseen world which not the strongest man, nor even the united strength of all the strongest men that ever lived, could tear apart. Only faith, fancy, poetry, love, romance, can push aside that curtain and view and picture the supernal beauty and glory beyond. Is it all real? Ah, VIRGINIA, in all this world there is nothing else real and abiding.

No Santa Claus! Thank God! he lives, and he lives forever. A thousand years from now, Virginia, nay, ten times ten thousand years from now, he will continue to make glad the heart of childhood.


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