Ray Bradbury (雷·布拉德伯里)的著名小说 Fahrenheit 451(《华氏 451》)第一部分中 Clarisse(克拉莉丝)曾对主人公 Montag(蒙塔格)用一番话来回答她为什么不去学校,我是试译如下(原文附在文末):

和大家在一起很好。但我不认为和一群人在一起却不让我说话就算是社交,你觉得呢?一个小时的电视课,一个小时的篮球或棒球课,再来一个小时的抄写历史或绘画,然后是更多的运动,但是你知道吗?我们从来都不问问题,至少大部分人不问;他们只会把答案塞给你,咣、咣、咣,而我们只是坐在那里听视频里的老师讲四个多小时课。这对我来说根本不是社交。这就是大量的水从无数个漏斗的口中涌入,从底部流出,然后他们就告诉我们这是酒,其实根本不是。等到一天结束,我们已经被他们折腾得精疲力竭,什么事都干不了,只好要么上床睡觉,要么去游乐场欺负周围的人,要么就拿着大钢球去砸窗乐园砸窗玻璃,去砸车乐园砸车。或者开车出去在街头狂飙,看自己开得离路灯柱能有多近,也可以玩玩「胆小鬼」或「撞轮毂」的游戏。我猜他们说的没错,我完全就是那样(不合群),我一个朋友都没有,这或许能够证明我确实不正常。但我认识的每一个人不是在嚎叫狂舞,就是在互相殴打。你有没有注意到现在人们都是怎样互相伤害的?

等到一天结束,我们被他们(996、学校、补习班)折腾得精疲力竭,什么事都干不了(当然也不能思考),只能要么上床睡觉,要么上网上欺负别人……你有没有注意到现在人们都是怎样互相伤害的?


Fahrenheit 451 引文的英文原文如下:

….Being with people is nice. But I don’t think it’s social to get a bunch of people together and then not let me talk, do you? An hour of TV class, an hour of basketball or baseball or running, another hour of transcription history or painting pictures, and more sports, but do you know, we never ask questions, or at least most don’t; they just run the answers at you, bing, bing, bing, and us sitting there for four more hours of film-teacher. That’s not social to me at all. It’s a lot of funnels and a lot of water poured down the spout and out the bottom, and them telling us it’s wine when it’s not. They run us so ragged by the end of the day we can’t do anything but go to bed or head for a Fun Park to bully people around, break window-panes in the Window Smasher place and wreck cars in the Car Wrecker place with the big steel ball. Or go out in the cars and race on the streets, trying to see how close you can get to lampposts, playing “chicken” and “knock hub-caps”. I guess I’m everything they say I am, all right. I haven’t any friends. That’s supposed to prove I’m abnormal. But everyone I know is either shouting or dancing around like wild or beating up one another. Do you notice how people hurt each other nowadays?

Ray Bradbury Fahrenheit 451