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这篇文章的背景从一场可爱的告白开始。女生紧张把话说得乱七八糟,男生听不懂。
“那我写下来吧。”
“好,用论文格式,要有thesis和论点,写好发我邮箱,用英文,中文看不懂。我也不一定会看。”
“啊?”
“好了好了我会看。”
然后就有了这篇文章。英文是作者的第二语言,词藻不华丽,但希望你们可以看到她的心意。thesis的大意是爱会让付出和被爱双方都会变得更好的人。这大概是微思客第一次放英文文章,我选这篇是因为觉得,在爱这样的人类共享的基本概念上,可以超越语言本身打动读者。真的不难读,我加了一些辅助性阅读中文翻译,如果你们有好的翻译也可以选一段儿回复后台,最可爱的翻译有从多伦多的明信片寄给你。阅读愉快:)
愿你有个温暖明亮的圣诞夜,愿你和爱的人在一起。如果都不可以,愿你心里有爱和惦记。
编辑 安琪

Given the boundless diversity of human individuals, the concept of love is understood and scripted in many different ways. This essay will argue the love employed by her (the narrater, sorry I’m using a third-person view for this essay), only functions as a powerful motive conquering the human weaknesses to become a better person, but of no intention to ask for a mutually reciprocal affection in return. Specifically, it will analyze love in terms of its rare property as the chances to recognize the beloved are minimized by social influences. Further, it will access love as an innate aspiration to the beautiful and a constructive ideology to against human weaknesses, thus achieving both the loved one and beloved one.

Maybe the perfect man can be found everywhere, but love is rare. She used to have a hallucination that love was an easy find because she witnessed how her girlfriends fell for their boyfriends beautifully and bravely. She thought it would not be hard to love a good person. However, her first date ended up her dating partner discerning she did not like him enough. She was quite embarrassed because she made lots of efforts, or at least superficial efforts to persuade both her and him that she liked him. His personal quality traits made him a perfect dating partner—curious, smart, care for her, high agreeableness and openness. He was even everything right from evolutionary perspective, as strong as loving climbing, as rich as earning more than 20 times than her future self. But it turned out that she could only love him as a friend. She was just following the rules under social influences that mistakenly implemented in her mind, which was, to find a perfect man and the affection would be developed later on. However, the truth was, the heart never asked for “the best”, let alone there was no way to correctly define and measure the dimension of “the best”. Human species is not the only existence who finds love can not be developed from the perfect, so does the wine. Cult wine, whose direct indicator of quality was the price rather than wine estate, was produced using the most expensive wood buckets, the best winemakers and the best grapes even though they were delivered from different vineyards. Its price easily beat Lafitte but the uniqueness of wine was lost due to assimilation of the standard of “the best” during production process. The unique tension between lovers, the particular quality of grape that exclusively produced from certain area of vineyards, are the characteristics define the best and love. Love is rare and precious.

爱是一件艰难的事。

The essence of love is preserved in the form of hardships.

它要求自己为爱人试图克服人性之恶,而变成更好的人。它让人勇敢。

Love asks her to overcome the sins for the loved one and enables her to become a better person. It makes her brave.

喜欢对的人会发光,谢谢你的出现让我勇敢地尝试努力发光。
People say loving the right person would shine out of you. She wants to thank him deeply, for being in her life which allows her to strive to shine.

Love is not only about passions and desires, the core value of love is revealed with the company of struggle and exhaustion. In other words, the essence of love is preserved in the form of hardships. Allowing someone to shape your personality, to exert influences on your recognition and understanding of the world and even to become a part of your identity is a serious matter which takes either time or guts, sometimes both. He seems to live in a self-dependence, isolated yet beautiful restricted zone in a chronological state. She admits that sometimes she cant help wondering about that world out of curiosity, but she is aware that world is too high-end to approach. She is not confident in her current intelligence and ability to get close— but she likes him, she does, and it makes her think he deserves the best of everything. So that even though she knows that her ability is not quite there yet, she doesn’t mind to overcome the weaknesses and fix her problems to become a better person, to learn Shakespeare and Dante, to get straight A in all classes and to get into Oxford. Love asks her to overcome the sin for the loved one and enables her to become a better person. It makes her brave. People say loving the right person would shine out of you. She wants to thank him deeply, for being in her life which allows her to strive to shine.

你一直生活在一个封闭的自己的世界里,我承认有时会对那个世界感到好奇,但我也知道,那个世界门槛很高,我现在还没有足够的智慧和能力靠近那个世界——因为我很喜欢你,觉得你应该被寄予世界上最美好的东西,可是我知道现在的自己还没有那么好,但不再介意克服懒惰,变成更好的人,变成读得懂但丁和莎士比亚,所有课都拿A,考得上牛津的人。
He seems to live in a self-dependence, isolated yet beautiful restricted zone in a chronological state. She admits that sometimes she cant help wondering about that world out of curiosity, but she’s aware that world is too high-end to approach. She is not confident in her current intelligence and ability to get close— but she likes him, she does, and it makes her think he deserves the best of everything. So that even though she knows that her ability is not quite there yet, she doesn’t mind to overcome the weaknesses and fix her problems to become a better person, to learn Shakespeare and Dante, to get straight A in all classes and to get into Oxford.

Claiming possession of someone in the name of love is nothing but a reflection of human weakness, selfishness. Rather, true sensical love is to free the beloved, to support him becoming the person he chooses to be and pursuing the happiness he recognizes even if it doesn’t include her. She’d give him her best wishes, helps and blessings to rise him. She knows that she would be sad, or very sad knowing he doesn’t like her in return though because she’s not programmed like the software. She has emotions and weaknesses. But at least no matter how sad she would be, it won’t change the fact that coming to him was one of the most beautiful and brave moment in her life. She could wish a thousand times that person would be her, but if not, not even if she could understand Dante and got into Oxford, seeing him to seize the chance of his happiness would still be a gratification that comforted her. She has some expectations, but not enough to hurt herself. She must balance, otherwise even a little bit of selfishness and the desire to claim possession would pollute her love for him directly, and him indirectly. He was one of the most beautiful thing she’s ever seen, defiling him would be the last thing she wanted to do.

好像喜欢你,并不是一件需要征求你同意的事情。可是我还是忍不住想告诉你,你的美丽。你的出现对我来说就足够心满意足,出现之外的每近一步,都是额外的富足。我不敢要太多,也不会哭。变成你想成为的人并因此获得幸福是能让我开心的事,哪怕那个人不是我。
Although admiring him does not necessarily require his permission, she cant help thinking of telling him how attractive he is. At same time, she’d like to make the point clear, she is not asking, and will never be asking him to like her back. The right to like him already made her on top of the world. Every step further is an extra bonus. She doesn’t ask for more. She wont cry either.

Although admiring him does not necessarily require his permission, she cant help thinking of telling him how attractive he is. At same time, she’d like to make the point clear, she is not asking, and will never be asking him to like her back. The right to like him already made her on top of the world. Every step further is an extra bonus. She doesn’t ask for more. She wont cry either. She is trying to write it in a way that does not look like a love letter because he does not want her to discuss emotions. But it is still imperative to say, thank you, for 那么美好的你出现在这个世界上,她想替这个世界,谢谢你的出现。

编辑:马由游,多伦多大学本科在读,微思客编辑。
校对:宋韬,微思客校对编辑,法学硕士在读
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