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英国女王伊丽莎白二世发表2014圣诞演讲
来源:新浪教育    日期: 2014-12-29


  简介:英国女王伊丽莎白二世上周发表圣诞演讲。演讲以“和解”为主题,从百年前一战时的一次圣诞节谈起,提及了苏格兰公投、埃博拉疫情、还有热播剧《权力的游戏》。

  In the ruins of the old Coventry Cathedral is a sculpture of a man and a woman reaching out to embrace each other. The sculptor was inspired by the story of a woman who crossed Europe on foot after the war to find her husband。

  在考文垂大教堂的废墟中,竖立着一座男女拥抱在一起的雕像。这座雕像的灵感来源于一位女性。二战结束后,她走遍欧洲寻找自己失去音讯的丈夫。

  Casts of the same sculpture can be found in Belfast and Berlin, and it is simply called Reconciliation。

  同样的雕像也竖立在贝尔法斯特和柏林,这座雕像叫做“和解”。

  Reconciliation is the peaceful end to conflict, and we were reminded of this in August when countries on both sides of the First World War came together to remember in peace。

  “和解”就是和平地结束冲突。今年八月,我们再一次回想起和解的重要。一百年前一战敌对双方的国家走到一起,共同纪念和平。

  The ceramic poppies at the Tower of London drew millions, and the only possible reaction to seeing them and walking among them was silence. For every poppy a life; and a reminder of the grief of loved ones left behind。

  伦敦塔前种下了数十万陶瓷罂粟花。当人们看到它们,从花朵中穿行之时,唯一可能的反应就是沉默。每一朵罂粟花代表着一个生命,代表着活着的人对一战中丧生的亲人的哀思。

  No one who fought in that war is still alive, but we remember their sacrifice and indeed the sacrifice of all those in the armed forces who serve and protect us today。

  所有当年参战的士兵都已不在人世,但是我们依然铭记他们的牺牲以及所有今天正在服役并保护我们的军人。

  In 1914, many people thought the war would be over by Christmas, but sadly by then the trenches were dug and the future shape of the war in Europe was set。

  1914年,很多人都认为战争能够在圣诞节前结束。但不幸的是,纵横交错的战壕被挖掘出来,残酷的现代欧洲战争的雏形形成了。

  But, as we know, something remarkable did happen that Christmas, exactly a hundred years ago today。

  但是,我们知道,就在一百年前的今天发生了值得铭记的一幕:

  Without any instruction or command, the shooting stopped and German and British soldiers met in No Man's Land. Photographs were taken and gifts exchanged. It was a Christmas truce。

  没有收到任何命令,士兵们主动停止了射击。德国和英国士兵走出战壕,在两军之间的交战地带相聚。照片拍下了他们互赠礼物的一幕。这就是1914年的圣诞休战。

  Truces are not a new idea. In the ancient world a truce was declared for the duration of the Olympic Games and wars and battles were put on hold。

  休战并不是一个新概念。在古代,奥林匹克举办期间就会宣布休战,暂停所有战争与争斗。

  Sport has a wonderful way of bringing together people and nations, as we saw this year in Glasgow when over 70 countries took part in the Commonwealth Games。

  体育有着将不同人民与国家带到一起的神奇力量,就像我们今年在格拉斯哥举行的有70个国家参加英联邦运动会上所见一样。

  It is no accident that they are known as the Friendly Games. As well as promoting dialogue between nations, the Commonwealth Games pioneered the inclusion of para-sports within each day's events。

  毫不意外的,它被称之为友谊的运动会。英联邦运动会不仅仅促进国家间的对话交流,也率先在每天的比赛中加入残疾人竞赛项目。

  As with the Invictus Games that followed, the courage, determination and talent of the athletes captured our imagination as well as breaking down divisions。

  随着“不可征服运动会”的举办,残疾人运动员们的勇气、决心与天才抓住了我们的想象,弥合了彼此之间的分歧。

  The benefits of reconciliation were clear to see when I visited Belfast in June. While my tour of the set of Game Of Thrones may have gained most attention, my visit to the Crumlin Road Gaol will remain vividly in my mind。

  和解的益处也体现在今年六月我对贝尔法斯特的访问上。我去《权力的游戏》剧组的探班,受到了很多关注,对克拉姆林道监狱的访问仍然历历在目。

  What was once a prison during the Troubles is now a place of hope and fresh purpose; a reminder of what is possible when people reach out to one another, rather like the couple in the sculpture。

  当年北爱尔兰冲突期间的监狱,如今成为象征希望与新生之地,提醒我们互相关爱,就像那座雕塑中的夫妻一样。

  Of course, reconciliation takes different forms. In Scotland after the referendum many felt great disappointment, while others felt great relief; and bridging these differences will take time。

  当然,和解也有着不同的形式。在苏格兰独立公投之后,很多人感到失望,也有很多人感到安心,而弥合这种裂痕需要的是时间。

  Bringing reconciliation to war or emergency zones is an even harder task, and I have been deeply touched this year by the selflessness of aid workers and medical volunteers who have gone abroad to help victims of conflict or of diseases like Ebola, often at great personal risk。

  为处在战火中、或者灾难发生中的地区带来和平,是一项艰难的任务。今年我被一群人所深深打动,他们就是那些无私的医疗志愿者们。他们走出国门,帮助那些埃博拉病毒肆虐地区的灾民,他们常常冒着巨大的个人风险。

  For me, the life of Jesus Christ, the Prince of Peace, whose birth we celebrate today, is an inspiration and an anchor in my life。

  对我来说,耶稣基督,“我们和平的君”,我们在今日庆祝他的降生,同样是对我人生的一次启示与引导。

  A role model of reconciliation and forgiveness, he stretched out his hands in love, acceptance and healing. Christ's example has taught me to seek to respect and value all people, of whatever faith or none。

  基督代表着和解与宽恕,他的双手传播关爱,宽容接纳,治愈众生。基督的榜样教导我,尝试去尊重所有人,不分信仰。

  Sometimes it seems that reconciliation stands little chance in the face of war and discord. But, as the Christmas truce a century ago reminds us, peace and goodwill have lasting power in the hearts of men and women。

  尽管有些时候,和解的力量在战争与纷乱面前分外渺小,但是一百年前的圣诞休战提醒着我们,和平与友善长存于我们的心中。

  On that chilly Christmas Eve in 1914 many of the German forces sang Silent Night, its haunting melody inching across the line。

  1914年的那个寒冷的平安夜里,很多德国士兵唱起了这首《平安夜》,这一盘亘在每个人心头的旋律穿越了整条战线。

  That carol is still much-loved today, a legacy of the Christmas truce, and a reminder to us all that even in the unlikeliest of places hope can still be found。

  今天这首歌仍然备受人们喜爱。它是圣诞休战的遗产,提醒我们,即使在最不可能的地方,仍然有着希望。

  A very happy Christmas to you all。

  祝所有人圣诞快乐。



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