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More is better?

已有 4519 次阅读 2013-11-22 11:55 |系统分类:生活其它

偶然看见蒋继平老师发表的这篇博文,奥巴马为林肯蓋茲堡演說150周年纪念活动起草的手写稿


http://blog.sciencenet.cn/blog-203132-743498.html。 


想起了自己正在上的英语听说课上的一篇习作,更想起了近两个月来反复背诵林肯的葛底斯堡演说所下的功夫,所以重贴林肯的这篇演说,和我的陋作 - 真正的陋作,欢迎大家狠狠斧正,^_^。。。。。。。。。。


先是林肯流传百世的不朽演说:


Gettysburg Address  

 

by Abraham Lincoln

 

(Delivered on the 19th Day of November, 1863 CemeteryHill, Gettysburg, Pennsylvania)

 

The GettysburgAddress

 

       Fourscore and seven years ago our fathers brought forth on this continent, a newnation, conceived in liberty, and dedicated to the proposition that all men arecreated equal.

 

       Now weare engaged in a great civil war, testing whether that nation, or any nation soconceived and so dedicated, can long endure. We are met on a great battlefieldof that war. We have come to dedicate a portion of that field, as a finalresting place for those who here gave their lives that that nation might live.It is altogether fitting and proper that we should do this.

 

       But in alarger sense, we cannot dedicate - we cannot consecrate - we cannot hallow -this ground. The brave men, living and dead, who struggled here, haveconsecrated it, far above our poor power to add or detract. The world willlittle note, nor long remember, what we say here, but it can never forget whatthey did here. It is for us the living, rather, to be dedicated here to theunfinished work which they who fought here have thus far so nobly advanced. Itis rather for us to be here dedicated to the great task remaining before us -that from these honored dead we take increased devotion to that cause for whichthey gave the last full measure of devotion - that we here highly resolve thatthese dead shall not have died in vain - that this nation, under God, shall havea new birth of freedom - and that government of the people, by the people, forthe people, shall not perish from the earth.



然后才是本人拙劣的模仿,它是英语听说课的分组任意选题做一个口语presentation练习的准备稿,我们小组的主题是讨论中国的计划生育,我分到的子题目是:  支持生育多个子女。 当然这让我想起了P W Anderson 的 More is Better,所以标题是偷他的,文章结构和句式是偷Lincoln的。^_^。。。。。。。。。。。。。。


 


More is better?


Half a score years ago, a father brought forth upon this planet a new baby, born to be an only son, and despaired of having no brotherly affection for a simple reason, that all Chinese men created in mainland must obey the birth control law, which is unequal.


Now we are standing face to face in a room of a great hall, arguing whether two children or more or less children so born and so despaired we should have. My answer is that it is altogether fitting and proper that we should have at least two or three children. And if it is possible, the more is the better. Because I heard an old china adage when I was a boy, it said “more sons more happiness”.


But in a larger visual field, the population of china is already so large and our motherland is so crowded that whether she or we can not tolerate, whether she or we can not bear, and whether she or we can not bear so many children any more.


The old men, living and dead, who lived here, have thus far so silly filled up the ground with so many children they had born far above the environment’s power to feed or support. It is for us, the youths, rather, to be now dedicated to the great task remaining before us, that from these simpleminded old, we take increased wisdom to that cause for which they show little wisdom – that we here high resolve that we shall not have as many children as they had; that this nation, under the Party, shall have a smoothed birth of babies; and that children of a couple, by a couple, for a couple shall not be much more than a double.



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