2009年12月12日星期六

內向和外向的民族

Leechard,

Thanks for your article on the opera Flying Dutchman. I found that the story and the theme of the opera very interesting, and cannot hesitate to wait to see the clip of this opera. I am sure many your friends and fans of this blog shall feel the same.

Moreover, I wish to discuss the theme of opera in terms of relationship between Chinese race and American race (Not the Indians, I mean) As many observers have pointed out, Chinese has deep love for the place which they call as a home, and Americans have no such love for that place. It is in America nature, but not in Chinese one, to explore different part of the world, to reach the highest point of Earth, and to penetrate into the deepest part of mysterious land, Amazon, Africa. The difference between these races in the home-loving and love for exploration, has indeed constituted misunderstanding, and even more mistrust, between two of the greatest race in Earth. The Chinese always felt that Americans has taken too much risk in their lifestyle, and thus they are not worthy of trust. Americans, however, found that Chinese always adhering to old principles and practices, and thus concluded that Chinese is not innovative, and in some extent, conservative. Such misunderstanding between these two races have often been the cause of the misfortune incidents happening when these two races people work together. Read the history book, and you will find many misfortunate incidents happened before. And what is worse, some misfortunate incidents have indeed turned the world into a path to the place different from a glorious sunlit highland which we wish to see.

The tragic ending of the story of mistrust between two races is a lesson which we should not be taught twice. We, as the newer generation, must brace ourselves the duty to rebuild the connection between these two races, fragmented since the 18th century. This is our duty to serve the world, when the world really needs our knowledge to build a better place than we are to live.

I wish to hear your comments on that.

Best wishes,
William

李察回應:

是的。李察相信,你的猜想也是對的。
這不但是美國人和中國人的區別,也是秦始皇和凱撒大帝的分別。

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