交通大學校園漫步

(上) 漫步新竹交通大學校園

 

黎巴嫩詩人紀伯倫在"先知"中的段落"孩子"寫著關於親子的論述 :

你的孩子不是你的孩子,他們是生命自己的孩子。

他們透過你來到這個世界,他們卻不屬於你。

儘管他們在你們身邊,卻並不屬於你們。

你可以給他們你的愛,卻不能給他們你的思想,因為他們有他們自己的思想。

你可以提供他們身體的住屋,卻不能替他們的靈魂找房子,

因為他們的靈魂住在明日之屋,那是你即使在夢中也無法到達的地方。

你可以努力像他們一樣,但是千萬不要使他們像你一樣,

因為生命是無法倒行的,更不能被昨日的你所耽擱。

 

你們是弓,你們的孩子是被射出的生命的箭矢。

 

那射者瞄準無限之旅上的目標,用力將你彎曲,以使他的箭迅捷遠飛。

 

讓你欣然在射者的手中彎曲吧;

 

因為他既愛飛馳的箭,也愛穩健的弓。

 

Your children are not your children.

 

They are the sons and daughters of Life's longing for itself.

 

They come through you but not from you,

 

And though they are with you yet they belong not to you. 

 

You may give them your love but not your thoughts,

 

For they have their own thoughts.

 

You may house their bodies but not their souls,

 

For their souls dwell in the house of tomorrow, which you cannot visit, not even in your dreams.

 

You may strive to be like them, but seek not to make them like you.

 

For life goes not backward nor tarries with yesterday.

 

You are the bows from which your children as living arrows are sent forth.

 

The archer sees the mark upon the path of the infinite, and He bends you with His might that His arrows may go swift and far.

 

Let your bending in the Archer's hand be for gladness;

 

For even as He loves the arrows that flies, so He loves also the bow that is stable.

 

-- Kahlil Gibran, "The Prophet"

 

 

 

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