雄伯手記9521

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一時貪便宜,根據PC Home的廣告訂購了一台迷你型電腦。不料以信用卡付款後,拖延了十多天才寄到,而且居然少了顆硬碟。。趕緊發了一封抗議信到 PC Home 查詢,卻遲遲沒有回音。臨機一動,索性直接根據包裹箱上的廠商電話查詢,獲得的回答是業務員寫漏了,馬上補寄。

 

你發現罷?我們現在的商業型態越來越虛擬。在廠商跟客戶之間有層層的代理,有時連廣告斬釘截鐵的保證推薦,事實上也是一種代言人的功用。一點點「真實」的內容,往往包裝跟廣告的費用,佔了成本的大部分。如果我們人生想要追求真實,能不能省略中間那一大部分呢?

 

收到一份厚厚兩疊層的訂婚禮盒,心中正一陣興嘆:現代人的禮盒真是越來越豪華奢侈了。回家打開一看,不禁訝然失笑,實際的餅乾內容只有上面薄薄的一層,其餘三分之二的壯觀部分,擺明就是裝飾好看。心想,,現代人的人生觀和價值觀不就是如此?誰會再去在乎All that glitters is not gold.

 

鬱抑沮喪的心情中,重新翻閱法國作家「卡謬」Albert Camus的「瘟疫」The Plague.尋找支持下去的力量。

 

          The Plague  by Albert Camus

1

“ You know, doctor, I’ve given a lot of thought to your campaign. And if I’m not with you, I have my reasons. No, I don’t think it’s that I’m afraid to risk my skin again. I took part in the Spanish Civil War.”

2

“ On which side?” Tarrou asked.

“ The losing side. But since then I’ve done a bit of thinking.”

“ About what?’

“Courage. I know now that man is capable of great deeds. But if he isn’t capable of a great emotion, well, he leaves me cold.”

3

“One has the idea that he is capable of everything. “ Tarrou remarked.

“ I can’t agree; he’s incapable of suffering for a long time, or being happy for a long time. Which means that he’s incapable of anything really worth while.” He looked at the two men in turn, then asked: “ Tell me, Tarrou, are you capable of dying for love?”

“ I couldn’t say, but I hardly think so—as I am now.”

4

You see. But you’re capable of dying for an idea; one can see that right away. Well, personally, I’ve seen enough of people who die for an idea. I don’t believe in heroism; I know it’s easy and I’ve learned it can be murderous. What interests me is living and dying for what one loves.”

5

Rieux had been watching the journalist attentively. With his eyes still on him he said quietly.

“ Man isn’t an idea, Rambert.”

Rambert sprang off the bed, his face ablaze with passion.

“ Man is an idea, and a precious small idea, once he turns his back on love. And that’s my point; we—mankind—have lost the capacity for love. We must face that fact, doctor. Let’s wait to acquire that capacity or, if really it’s beyond us, wait for the deliverance that will come to each of us anyway, without his playing the hero. Personally, I look no farther.

6

“ You’re right. Rambert, quite right, and for nothing in the world would I try to dissuade you from what you’re going to do; it seems to me absolutely right and proper. However, there’s one thing I must tell you: there’s no question of heroism in all this. It’s a mater of common decency. That’s an idea which may make some people smile, but the only means of fighting a plague is—common decency.”

7

“ What do you mean by ‘common decency’ ?” Rambert’s tone was grave.

“ I don’t know what it means for other people. But in my case I know that it consists in doing my job.”

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