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今天看林语堂先生的《京华烟云》,看到有一段,关于官僚,怎么的素质才能在当时作官,真是会心一笑,不得不分享之。

As matters were in those days, a good man could not be an official; an active man could not be official; an impatient man could not be an official; an honest man could not be an official; a scholarly man could not be a an official; a too intelligent man could not be an official; a sensitive or conscientious man not be an official; a man with too much courage could not be an official. Officialdom, even the corrupt mandarinate of those times, was not of one pattern, because officialdom drew from too many sources, being like a sea into which were dumped all the children of official families and all who could not make a living otherwise, and there were naturally some who were honest, some who were scholarly, some who were active and some who were conscientious. But, in this big “sea of officialdom”, as we say, there many winds and waves, and some sank and some swam. and only those who had a combination of active spirit and intelligence, plus a touch of ruthlessness, rode on the tides of success. Among the myriads who filled the posts of bureaucracy, a man who was neither too honest, nor too impatient, nor too desirous of getting things done or getting things changed, nor too sensitive or too conscientious and who was backed by good connections, was fairly sure to have a successful career.

书才看了12章,里面的Mulan小姐着实可爱,跟其名字隐含的卓尔不群的气质一样,是一个“离经叛道”但又“循规蹈矩”的女孩子;而其父亲的道家逍遥和noninterferring思想和Tseng家传统的儒家中庸思想和各种条条框框,以及嫁入不久就成为寡妇的Mannia的因果轮回报应的佛教思想,总感觉会让外国人看了之后心中暗叫WTF/WTH。呵呵,可能跟我看《我的名字叫红》的时候有些地方完全不能理解一样吧。

话说收到姚猪寄来的flash结婚请帖,这个周末又有一对会哭的很惨吧,下一篇来写写这两对新人的爱情八卦吧,吼吼

Posted on August 8th, 2009 by Registered Commenterhedgehog in Bookshelf | 书山有路 | CommentsPost a comment

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