2010/03/01

Definition of Love/愛的定義

Definition of Love/愛的定義

跟前女朋友有回吃飯時,她問我:「你愛我嗎?」

Once upon a time, when I was dinning with my now ex-girl friend, she asked me "Do you love me?"

我反問她:「愛的定義是什麼?」

I asked back "What is your definition of love?"

她說:「我去問問那個追了我五年的人吧?」

She said "Let's ask the guy who has been courting me for five years."

她有個同學一直很迷戀她。我一直當他是個不懂事的小男生。沒拿他當一回事兒。她馬上就給他發了簡訊。

One of her classmate has always been fancying her. I had never minded him as I considered him nothing but a silly kid. She sent him an SMS.

過了很久,一直沒回信。我們還取笑他說他一定不知道怎麼回答。

There had not been a resonpose after a while. We joked around saying it must be he did not quite know how to answer.

回信終於來了:「愛是什麼我不知道,愛的幸福我已經很久都沒感受到啦!在我的內心,愛是等待、忍耐,就是傻傻的當小丑,表演的時候又開心,又心疼,因為有人需要他的表演,他為她而表演!為她當小丑;疼是因為看表演的人看完表演,會不會一直開心下去。表演完啦,又害怕,又期待下次的表演!有時候他希望永遠都不用表演啦,因為她一直都很開心。不需要小丑的出現。這樣才是小丑內心真正的開心、幸福!」

Finally, the reply arrived "I do not know what love is, but I have not felt the warmth of it for quite some time! In my heart, love is waiting, tolerance, it is acting silly just like a clown. The clown feels both happy and sad at the same time. Happy, because he is performing for her! Said, because he worries that if the audience would stay happy. After the show, he is afraid and anticipating the next show! Some times, he hopes there is never going to be another performance, because she is happy. There is no need to call the clown. That shall be the true happiness and joy of the clown!"

我聽了,愣住了。我發現我小看他了。我被他感動了。我告訴她:「他懂!他真的懂愛!我學過,可是我忘了;他沒學過,可是他知道!」

I found I had under-estimated him. I was touched. I told her "He indeed understand the meaning of love. I knew it before, but I had forgotten. I do not think he has learned it, but he really knows!"

她不是基督徒。我接著解釋道:「書上說的:『愛是恆久忍耐,又有恩慈;愛是不嫉妒;愛是不自誇不張狂,不做害羞的事,不求自己的益處,不輕易發怒,不計算人家的惡,不喜歡不義只喜歡真理;凡事包容,凡事相信,凡事盼望,凡事忍耐凡事忍耐,愛是永不止息。』這是基督教的聖經說的。」

As she was not a Christian, I explained "The Bible reads

'Love is generous, virtuous,
Love does not envy, boast, not proud is.
All she protects, all she trusts, all she hopes, all she perseveres.
Love never she fails.'"

她聽了,也愣住了。過了許久,她給他回簡訊。三個字:「對不起。」

She fell silent for a while. Then she sent him the reply: "Sorry."

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Song For The Unification Of Europe (Julie's Version) Lyrics
[Lyrics adapted from the bible, 1 Corinthians: 13]

[greek]
Ean tais glosais toon antropoon lalo
kai toon angeloon,
agapen de me echo,
gegona chalcos echoon e kumbalon alaladzon.

Kai ean echo profeteian,
kai eido ta mysteria panta,
pistin ore metistanai,
agapen de me echo, outen eimi

He agape makrotumai, chresteuetai
he agape ou dzelloi, erpereuetai, ou fysioutai.

panta stegei, panta pisteuei, panta elpizei, panta upomenei.

He agape oudepotte piptei
eite de profeteiai, katargetezontai,
eite glosai, pausontai,
eite gnossis katargetesetai

Nuni de menei, pistis, elpis, agape,
ta tria tauta, meidzoon de toutoon, he agape.

English translation:

If with the tongues of men I speak,
and of angels,
Love I do not have,
I have become a gong resounding or cymbal clanging.

And if I have the gift of prophecy,
and know mysteries all,
faith mountains move,
Love I do not have, nothing I am.

Love is generous, virtuous,
Love does not envy, boast, not proud is.

All she protects, all she trusts, all she hopes, all she perseveres.

Love never she fails. Be it prophecies, they will cease,
Be it tongues, they will be stilled, be it knowledge it will cease.

So remain, Faith, Hope and Love, these three. But the greatest of these is Love.

哥林多前書 第十三章

我若能說萬人的方言,並天使的話語,卻沒有愛,我就成了鳴的鑼,響的鈸一般。

我若有先知講道之能,也明白各樣的奧祕,各樣的知識,而且有全備的信,叫我能夠移山,卻沒有愛,我就算不得什麼。

我若將所有的賙濟窮人,又捨己身叫人焚燒,卻沒有愛,仍然於我無益。

愛是恆久忍耐,又有恩慈;愛是不嫉妒;愛是不自誇,不張狂,

不做害羞的事,不求自己的益處,不輕易發怒,不計算人的惡,

不喜歡不義,只喜歡真理;

凡事包容,凡事相信,凡事盼望,凡事忍耐。

愛是永不止息。先知講道之能終必歸於無有;說方言之能終必停止;知識也終必歸於無有。

我們現在所知道的有限,先知所講的也有限,

等那完全的來到,這有限的必歸於無有了。

如今常存的有信,有望,有愛這三樣,其中最大的是愛。

愛的真諦


Mr. Robert Brooks & Mochi, Kaohsiung, Taiwan/臺灣高雄市卜儒格先生與麻薯


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