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林语堂在《The Importance of Living》里面提出某些好玩的公式来表明一些个性,觉得很有趣,如果要我自己归类,我应该是R3D2H3S3,多么平凡的一个人

I have often thought of formulas by which the mechanism of human progress and historical change can be expressed. They seem to be as follows:

Reality – Dreams = Animal Being
Reality + Dreams = A Heart-Ache (usually called idealism)
Reality + Humor = Realism (also called conservatism)
Dreams – Humor = Fanaticism
Dreams + Humor = Fantasy
Reality + Dreams + Humor = Wisdom

The following are my formulas for the characters of certain nations, entirely personal and completely incapable of proof or verification. Let “R” stand for a sense of reality (realism), “D” for dreams (or idealism), “H” for a sense of humor, and – adding one important ingredient – “S” for sensitivity. And further let “4” stand for “abnormally high”, “3” stand for “high”, “2” for “fair”, and “1” for “low”, and we have the following pseudo-chemical formulas for the following national characters.

R3D2H2S1 = The English
R2D3H3S3 = The French
R3D3H2S2 = The American
R3D4H1S2 = The Germans
R2D4H1S1 = The Russians
R2D3H1S1 = The Japanese
R4D1H3S3 = The Chinese

PS. it is really impossible to give a “zero” for any characteristic in any one nation.

We might apply the same formula to writers and poets. To take a few well-known types:

Shakespeare = R4D4H3S4
Heine = R3D3H4S3
Shelley = R1D4H1S4
Poe = R3D4H1S4
Li Po = R1D3H2S4
Tu Fu = R3D3H2S4
Su Tungp’o = R3D2H4S3


Posted on March 2nd, 2011 by Registered Commenterhedgehog in Life Style | 似水年华 | CommentsPost a comment

Reader Comments (5)

我是R4D1H4S1 好啦好啦,我搭下班车回火星了



March 3rd, 2011 | Registered CommenteraArOn

我直接选了R3D4H2S2。坑爹啊,我要赶快离开这鬼地方。 baiguanque110

March 3rd, 2011 | Registered Commenter烽兄

R3D2H4S3,擦,跟黄牛只差一点。坑爹么,这不是!!! baiguanque030

March 4th, 2011 | Registered Commenterkevin


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March 6th, 2011 | Registered Commenterskyrose