We expect of course for it to be the other way around. We teaching him but he has a host
of important lessons for us too, if we take care to listen.
It’s easy to play it tough
nowadays, to overdo independence but to have survived we all needed as he does an extraordinary
amount of care from those around us. He is a reminder that no-one makes themselves and
therefore that we’re heavily in someone usually under acknowledged debt and should perhaps
call, our mother.
作为一个成年人 我们给予爱非常明确 因为别人能为我们做什么 但是
As adults we give love chiefly because of what others can do for us, but
不值得为他做任何事 他不能为任何人做事 他总是在哭
he doesn’t deserve much of anything. He can’t do a thing for anyone. He cries too much and
is asleep most of the time yet we devote ourselves to him nevertheless. So he teaches us about
the truest, purest kind of love. Which means giving affection without expecting anything
in return simply because someone needs help and one happens to be in a position to give it.
当然 他不能 告诉我们他怎么了 我们必须得猜 但令人惊讶的是
He can’t of course, tell us what is wrong with him. We have to guess; but what’s striking
is how generous we are in interpreting what could be at stake. When he cries we don’t
accuse him of being mean. When he hits or kicks we assume he must be frightened or momentarily
vexed. We are constantly aware it might just be hunger, a tricky digestive tract or a lack
of sleep. How kind we would be if we could be similarly imaginative around adults.
If we could look beneath their surface behaviour, the unpleasantness, viciousness and grumpiness…
and can trust that here too it was probably also just fear, pain or exhaustion.
It’s easy to get sickened by our species,
the greed, the status consciousness, the vanity, we should
hang out with him as a corrective. He doesn’t care what you do or how much you’re making.
He cares about laughter, friendship, people who are nice to him. We were all like this once.
是社会让我们堕落 纵容了我们不健康的冲动 他是政治哲学家
It’s society that corrupted us and encouraged our unhealthier impulses. He’s a political
philosopher, he pointing to how we might all be if only the world would be
newly and better arranged.