體貼別人要難多了 It’s Harder to Be Kind
On one particular trip, I was about 10 years old. I was rolling around in the big bench seat in the back of the car; my grandfather was driving; and my grandmother had the passenger seat. She smoked throughout thesetrips, and I hated the smell.
At that age, I’d take any excuse to make estimates and do minor arithmetic. I’d been hearing an ad campaign about smoking. I can’t remember the details, but basically the ad said, every 1 puff of a cigarette takes some number of minutes off of your life. At any rate, I decided to do the math for my grandmother.
When I was satisfied that I’d come up with a reasonable number, I 2 poked my head into the front of the car, tapped my grandmother on the shoulder, and proudly proclaimed, “At two minutes per puff, you’ve taken nine years off your life!”
I expected to be 3 applauded for my cleverness and arithmetic skills. Instead, my grandmother burst into tears. My grandfather, who had been driving in silence, pulled over onto the shoulder of the highway.
He looked at me, and after a bit of silence, he gently and calmly said, “Jeff, one day you’ll understand that it’s harder to be kind than clever.”
選擇有時並不容易 Choices Can Be Hard
What I want to talk to you about today is the difference between gifts and choices. Cleverness is a gift, kindness is a choice. Gifts are easy—they’re given, after all. Choices can be hard. You can 4 seduce yourself with your gifts if you’re not careful, and if you do, it’ll probably be to the detriment of your choices.
This is a group with many gifts. I’m sure one of your gifts is the gift of a smart and capable brain. Your smarts will come in handy because you will travel in a land of marvels. We humans will 5 astonish ourselves. We’ll invent ways to 6 generate clean energy and a lot of it.
Atom by atom, we’ll assemble tiny machines that will enter cell walls and make repairs. I believe you’ll even see us understand the human brain. As a civilization, we will have so many gifts, just as you as individuals have so many individual gifts as you sit before me. How will you use these gifts? And will you take pride in your gifts or pride in your choices?
你會做什麼選擇？ What Choices Will You Make?
Tomorrow, in a very real sense, your life—the life you author from scratch on your own—begins.
How will you use your gifts? What choices will you make?
Will 7 inertia be your guide, or will you follow your passions?
Will you follow dogma, or will you be original?
Will you choose a life of ease, or a life of service and adventure?
Will you 8 wilt under criticism, or will you follow your 9 convictions?
Will you guard your heart against rejection, or will you act when you fall in love?
When it’s tough, will you give up, or will you be relentless?
Will you be a 10cynic, or will you be a builder?
Will you be clever at the expense of others, orwill you be kind?
I will 11hazard a prediction. When you are 80 years old, and in a quiet moment of reflection
12narrating for only yourself the most personal version of your life story, the telling that will be most 13 compact and meaningful will be the series of choices you have made. In the end, we are our choices. Build yourself a great story.
1 puff (n.)（ 抽）一口菸
The boy took a puff of the cigarette and started coughing.
2 poke (v.) 伸出，探出
The mole poked its head out of the hole and sniffed the air.
3 applaud (v.) 鼓掌，喝采
The audience applauded at the end of the play.
4 seduce (v.) 吸引，引誘
The audience was seduced by the singer’s beautiful voice.
5 astonish (v.) 使驚訝、驚嘆
The magician astonished the audience with his tricks.
6 generate (v.) 產生（光、熱、電）
Waves can be used to generate power.
7 inertia (n.) 慣性
Martha finally overcame her inertia and went back to school.
8 wilt (v.) 退縮，失去信心
We need somebody who won’t wilt under pressure.
9 conviction (n.) 信念
What are your religious convictions?
10 cynic (n.) 憤世嫉俗的人
Jeffrey is too much of a cynic to believe in love.
11 hazard (v.) 大膽提出
If I had to hazard a guess, I’d say she’s around 40.
12 narrate (v.) 敘述，做旁白
The series is narrated by a famous actor.
13 compact (a.) 簡潔的，精簡的，小型的
The book provides a compact introduction to Hawaiian history.