WHO’S CHOICE? 誰的选择?RESPONDING TO TAN TWAN ENG’S OPENING SALUTATION

TAN TWAN ENG’S GARDEN OF EVENING MIST

《暮霭花園》

OPENING SALUTATION:

公開言:

 

RICHARD HOLMES,

 

A Meander Through Memory and Forgetting:

一條曲流通过记忆和遗忘:

 

There is a goddess of Memory, Mnemosyne; but none of Forgetting.

〝那是一個《女神》的记忆,宙斯并沒有遗忘。

Yet there should be, as they are twin sisters, twin powers, and walk

应有的,他們作為孪生姐妹,孪生姐妹的權力,和途径

on either side of us, disputing for sovereignty over us and who we

在我們的兩旁,在我們主權争奪,誰是我們,

are, all the way until death.”所有的方式直到死亡為止。〞

 

THIS IS MY RESPONSE IN VERSE

这是我的回应在诗句:

 

WHO’S CHOICE? 誰的选择?

What to remember or forget,

什麼牢记或遺忘,

Is a choice we select.

是抉择我們选择權。

To ask victims to forget a crime,

要問受害者忘記一種罪行,

Not the same as forgive atrocities in wartime.

那不一樣如同寬恕暴行在戰時。

For the goddess of memory to be fair,

记忆女神要公平,

The culprits must first repent with care.

這些罪魁必须先要悔改归正。

Culprits must cease speech and actions,

罪犯者必须停止言论和行动,

that reinforce the hurt and reactions.

那加强的伤害和反動。

Blessed that we learn to forget and forgive,

祝福我們学會忘记和宽恕,

The gates of heaven for the contemplative.

為天國的大門沉思。

NB During WWII, Japanese Zen, esp. Rinzi and Soto sect, supported Japanese Militarism in the war, against the basic tenets of Buddhism. You may read it in Zen At War in Kyoto Journal. There are many apologists asking people to forget, or to become demented. We are blessed to forgive, but to forget a crime, which is the prerogative of the victims.

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