I know many of you were convinced
that last night about 6 o’clock local time,
the world was going to come to an end.
Just because it has,
it doesn’t mean that it’s not nearby.
Becauae my appearing today at Yale University
is surely one of the four horsemen of the apocalypse.
但是 听着 今天是你们的大日子
But, listen! Today is your day!
Please! Do not turn off your electronic device.
将你们的苹果手机 平板电脑 sidekick手机
Leave your iphones, your ipads, your sidekicks,
your droids, your blackberries powered up
录音 拍照 发消息
recording, photographing, texting at all
that emerges from this stage over the next few minutes.
顺带一提 我会好好戴着这顶帽子 绝不让它掉下
By the way, I’m sporting the hat. It ain’t coming off.
You know later on today,
you can compare your Tweets and your facebook comments
with those of others to figure out
if anything memorable went down.
Hey, you know what,
tweet that last sentence I just said.
It will give you something to do,
give you something to do.
Let your friends know where you are today.
好 然后–好 这次演讲
OK, then, OK, take the speech,
and set it to music,
and maybe insert some crazy cookie graphics,
star in that video yourself, post it on the web,
and if it becomes a viral sensation,
you will be equal to any cat playing with a paper bag,
any set of twin toddlers talking gibberish to each other,
as popular as that cute girl that sings about Fridays.
Hey, you could be the next Sam Tsui.
Such are just one of the possibilities
in our brave new world,
the world you now inherit, whether you like it or not.
The jig is up.
The clock has run out and the future with a capital F
now rest with all of you, your goofy hats.
And all because you went to Yale.
You are now the anointed,
担负重责大任 你们是最杰出 最聪明的人才
the charge holders, the best and the brightest.
Each of you a shining hope for our nation and the world.
You are the new wizards who can finally make sense
将在三角向量 方根 除法之后
of all the delta vectors and square roots and divided-bys
in the theorem we call the human race.
The generations before you came of age, took on the job.
Now it’s your turn. Welcome!
You know I once had a friend who had a rich uncle,
who promised to pay for his college,
as long as my friend wished to stay in school.
“You should stay in school as long as you can.”
The rich uncle said.
“Because when you get out of college,
you got to work everyday for the rest of your life.”
and you’re will to understand
what that rich uncle meant
just as surely as you will someday wonder
where the hell you put your reading glasses
and yell at your own kids to turn the damn music down.
On spring days like today it’s traditional for us
to ponder the state of the world and implore you all
to help make it a better place
which implies that things are somehow worse today
than when we up here were where you are sitting right now.
I am not so sure the planet Earth is in worse shape
比起三十年前 不 比起十八年前 不 比起四年前
than it was 30, no,18, no, 4 years ago,
but that’s not to say it’s in better shape, either.
Refraining from waxing nostalgic and comparing
our then to your now and avoiding the…
any talk of you kids these days with your rap
and your hip poping and your Snoopy-Dogg daddies
with a ditty pops,
with your 50 Cents and your quarter cents.
A sober look shows that just as the world has gotten
to be a better place after all.
It has also grown a bit worse at an exact same rate.
A one step up, a one step back,
sort of cosmic balance
between forward progress and cultural retreat
that puts mankind on a bell curve of existence,
that shows a small segment of joy, ease, and comfort
on equal proportion, struggle on
with little hope and fortunes of the remainder
are either on the rise, or on the wain in this
confounding tide of so many damn things
that we grow oblivious to the shifts
in the quality of our lives.
Graduation day is a proper occasion
to put a toe in the global waters
and think the mercury shows
that things are much as they always have been.
10 years ago,
we busied ourselves with trivial stuff imbued with importance
and then came 9.11
In 1991, Riches were created new businesses
that had never existed in that economic balloon burst.
In ’81, I had a great job on TV,
一九八二年 《Bosom Buddies》惨遭停播
and in ’82, Bosom Buddies was cancelled.
In ’71 color TV in more living rooms than ever showed
young Americans could still fighting in combat in Vietnam.
In ’61 satellites beamed live images
around the world for the very first time.
But those images were of the building of Berlin Wall.
Now this 10-year grid shows the same Yin Yang thang,
and I’m trying to copyright that.
Yin Yang thang copyright Tom Hanks.
It shows the same Yin Yang thang,
thank you, on graduation day, 2011.
You know we all have these devices
that can make a permanent record
of revolutionary change on the other side of the globe
as well as hate filled diatribes from across town.
Fewer and fewer in our country go to bed hungry,
but did you see how obesity now
effects about about half our population?
No matter how many bargain
we find at the local U-Mart,
many of us still struggle to
pay the rent and the utilities.
Our country is no longer in physical
or even ideological war with our enemies
for most of the last century.
But in the eleven and a half years in the third millennium,
our armed forces have been fighting
in the field for nine of them.
Purchasing intellectual property
and the work of artists we admire
is as simple as clicking a mouse
and paying less than a few bucks,
which means you may find that there’s no guarantee
in making a living at your chosen discipline.
Now some advantages particular to this age,
are not to be denied,
boredom seems to have been vanquished,
there is always something to do,
but hasn’t this translated into
a perpetual distraction in our lives,
In the bathroom, at the dinner table,
汽车后座 婚礼上 割礼上
in the backseat, at a wedding, at a bris,
at a graduation day,
something to check, something to tweet,
something to watch, something to download,
something to play, something to share,
something to buy, someone on a voicemail,
something to yank at our attention span
and it’s all in the palm of our hand
for a small monthly service fee.
That same technology
has allowed for a surplus of celebrities,
and that is nothing to cheer about.
任何人–虽然我不得不承认 Sam Tsui确实红得要命
Anyone, although that Sam Tsui he rocks,
anyone can enjoy the perks of notoriety now
and the duration of fame
has been lengthened from Andy Warhal’s brief 15 minutes,
to a good 15 months,
if you’re willing to do certain things on camera.
Though Orwellian language is often
the vocabulary of official news speak,
his boogeyman that was the all seeing “big brother” has never emerged,
unless you live in North Korea,
or run a red light in Beverly Hills, or shop online,
or have done something stupid
in the wrong place at the wrong time
in front of someone with a camera in their cell phone,
and that is everybody.
So pardon my junior college Latin,
the vulgus populi has become the all seeing state
and if you cross it
Google Search will forever display you screw up,
so actually there is a big brother,
but he’s not a malevolent fiction,
he’s actually all of us, he lives in our search engines.
So no matter how many times I do the calculations,
I come up with a social draw,
the positives balance the negatives,
x 和 y相等
the x’s equal the y’s,
and our hopes weigh as much as our fears,
but I hesitate on that last one because fear, good lord,
fear is a powerful physiological force in 2011.
We here up in the stands,
and surrounding you of this graduating class,
look to you as we do every year,
hoping you will now somehow through your labors,
free us from what we have come to fear,
and we have come to fear many things,
fear has become the commodity
that sells as certainly as sex.
Fear is cheap, fear is easy,
fear gets attention, fear is spread as fast as gossip
也如八卦般耸动 吸引人 有利可图
and is just as glamorous, juicy, and profitable.
Fear twists facts into fiction
that becomes indistinguishable from ignorance.
Fear is a profit-churning go-to with a home market
being your whole family.
You know sitting in the house one day,
watching the game on TV not long ago,
along came this promo for the local nightly news.
Are our schools poisoning our children?
That story and our summers hottest bikinis tonight at 11.
In that I had school-age kids at the time,
I fear that they were in fact being poisoned at school,
and summer was still a few weeks away.
So I tuned in to get the scoop
and the actual news stories of that news broadcast was this,
a certain supply of hamburger was found to
have a bit too much of a particular bacteria in it
and for safety’s sake, was being taken off the market.
That same hamburger was slated for sale
to an out of state school system for its cafeterias,
but it was recalled in time.
So answering that news program’s own question then.
Our schools were not poisoning our children,
that summer there would be some very hot bikinis at the beach.
Now the early American naval commander,
John Paul Jones said.
“If fear is cultivated, it will become stronger,
if faith is cultivated it will achieve mastery.”
and this is why I am a big fan of history,
because observations of the American colonies
over 200 years ago by compatriot of Nathan Hale,
who lived in that building right over there,
translate…there you go,
translates word for word of the United States in 2011.
For I take that fear to be fear in a large scale,
fear itself intimidating and constant.
And I take faith to be,
what we hold in ourselves,
our American ideal of self-determination
Fear is whispered in our ears and shouted in our faces.
Faith must be fostered by the man or woman
you see every day in the mirror.
The former forever snaps at our heels
and our synapsis and delays our course,
the latter could spur our boot heels to be wondering,
stimulate our creativity, and continue to drive us forward.
Fear or faith, which will be our master?
Three men found that they could no longer sleep,
because of their deep seeded fears,
this is a story I’m telling.
Their lives were in a state of stasis
because of their constant worries.
So they set out on a pilgrimage to find a wise man,
who lived high in the mountains,
so high above the tree line,
that no vegetation grew, no animals lived,
not even insects could be found so high up
in the mountains in that thin air.
When they reached his cave,
the first of the three said,
“help me wise man, for my fear has crippled me.”
“What is your fear?” asked the wise man.
“I fear death.” said the pilgrim,
“I wonder when it is going to come for me”
噢 死亡 智者说
“Ah, death.” said the wise man,
“Let me take away this fear my friend.
Death will not come to call
until you are ready for its embrace.
Know that and your fear will go away.”
Well this calmed that pilgrim’s mind
and he feared death no longer.
The wise man turned to the second pilgrim and said.
“What is it you fear my friend?”
“I fear my new neighbors.” said the second pilgrim.
“They are strangers,
who observe holy days different than mine.
They have way to many kids.
They play music that sounds like noise.”
噢 陌生人 智者说
“Ah, strangers.” said the wise man.
“I will take away this fear my friend.
Return to your home.
and make a cake for your new neighbors
Bring toys to their children.
Join them in their songs, and learn their ways,
and you will become familiar with these neighbors,
and your fear will go away.”
The second man saw the wisdom in these simple instructions,
and knew he would no longer fear
the family who were his neighbors.
There in the cave so high in the mountains
that nothing could live,
the wise man turned to the last pilgrim
and asked of his fear.
噢 智者 我害怕蜘蛛
“Oh wise man, I fear spiders.
When I try to sleep at night,
I imagine spiders dropping from the ceiling,
and crawling upon my flesh, and I cannot rest.”
噢 蜘蛛 智者说
“Ah, spiders.” said the wise man.
“No shit, why do you think I live way up here?”
Fear will get the worst of the best of us,
and peddlers of influence count on that.
Throughout our nation’s constant struggle
to create a more perfect union,
establish justice, and ensure our domestic tranquility,
we battle fear from outside our boarders
from within our own hearts every day of our history.
Our nation came to be despite fear of retribution for treason
from a kingdom across the sea.
America was made strong and diverse
because here people could live free from the fears
that made up their daily lives in whatever land
they called the old country.
Our history books tell of conflicts taken up
to free people from fear.
Those kept in slavery in our own states,
and deliberate home nations
under the rule of tyrants and theologies rooted in fear.
The American cause at its best
has been the cultivation of the faith
that declares we will all live in peace,
when we are all free to worship as we choose,
when we are free to express our hearts,
and when we all seek a place free from fear,
but we live in a world where too many of us
are too ready to believe in things that do not exist,
conspiracies abound, divisions are constructed,
and the differences between us
are not celebrated for making us stronger
but calculated and programed to set us against each other.
Our faith is tested by unpredictable providence,
and threatened when common sense is corrupted by specific interests.
Speaking from 54 years of experience,
the work towards a more perfect union is a never ending concern
that involves each and every one of us.
Evidence that our nation is becoming a better place is everywhere,
but each new day,
fear is as the Jersey poet said.
“Lurking in the darkness on the edge of town.”
Your rising from bed every morning will give fear its chance
to grow stronger just as
it will afford faith, its chance to blossom.
You will make the choice to react to one
or create the other,
and because you are smart enough
to earn your place on this college day at Yale University,
you will sense the moment,
and you will know what to do.
In the meantime
ponder this front
in the struggle against ceaseless fear and its ceaseless flow.
In the coming months and years,
veterans of wars in Iraq and Afghanistan
will finally come home for good.
After so many tours,
and we know this, and we know this,
some after many tours at war on the body aided the soul
and spilled a great portion of their lives.
For all of them, after a long time,
has been far away in the harsh realm of war,
and they return different from what they were when they left.
Surely their faith in themselves is shadowed
by a fear of not knowing what is expected of them next.
Now no matter what your view of those wars over there,
you can affect the future of our nation right here
by taking their fears head on.
You can imprint the very next pages of the history of our troubled world
by reinforcing the faith of those returning veterans,
allowing them to rest, aiding in their recovery,
if possible, their complete recovery.
So let those of us who watch the debate of their long deployments
serve them now as they served as they were asked
and as they were ordered.
Let’s provide for them their place free from fear,
当他们从士兵变回市民时 如果他们想要学习 就请提供他们教育机会
by educating them if they can learn,
by employing them as they transition from soldier back to citizen,
and by empathizing with the new journey they are starting
even though we will never fully understand the journey they just completed.
We all will define the true nature of our American identity,
not by the parades and the welcome home parties,
but how we match their time in the service with service of our own.
Give it four years,
as many years as you spent here at Yale,
in acts both proactive and spontaneous,
and do the things that you can
to free veterans from the new uncertainty that awaits them,
from the mysterious fears they will face
the day after they come home.
Cultivate in them the faith to carry on
and they will do the rest.
So commencements day arrives,
your work begins,
work that will not be always joyful to you,
labor that might not always fulfill you,
and days that will seem like one damn thing after the other.
you will now work every day for the rest of your lives.
That full time job,
your career as human beings,
and as Americans,
and as graduates of Yale,
is to stand on the fulcrum between fear and faith.
Fear at your back, faith in front of you.
Which way will you lean?
Which way will you move?
Move forward, move ever forward,
and tweet out a picture of the results.
It may make you as famous as Sam Tsui.