A young friend of mine asked me in a letter, "What kind of man should I be? My answer was, "Be a fighter."另一个朋友问我:“怎样对付生活?(1>>’我仍旧答道:“做一个战士。”
Another friend of mine inquired, "How should I live my life?" Again my answer was,"Be a fighter."《战士颂》的作者曾经写过这样的话:
The author of In Praise of the Fighter says:“我激荡在这绵绵不息、傍沱四方的生命洪流中,我就应该追逐这洪流,而且追过它,自己去造更广、更深的洪流。”
Riding on the ceaseless rushing torrent of life, I should pursue and overtake it so as to create an even greater and deeper torrent of my own.“我如果是一盏灯,这灯的用处便是照彻那多量黑暗。我如果是海潮,便要鼓起波涛(2)去洗涤海边一切陈腐的积物。”
-If I were a lamp, it would be my duty to light up thick darkness. If I were the sea tide, I would marshal rolling waves to cleanse the beach of all accumulated filth.这一段话很恰当地写出了战士的心情(3).
This quotation reflects aptly the state of mind of a fighter.在这个时代,战士是最需要的。但是这样的战士并不一定要持枪上战场。他的武器还可以是知识、信仰和坚强的意志。他并不一定要流仇敌的血,却能更有把握地致敌人的死命(4).
Fighters are badly needed in our time. But such fighters do not necessarily go to the battlefield gun in hand. Their weapons are not necessarily bullets. Their weapons may be knowledge, faith and strong will. They can bring the enemy sure death without drawing his blood.战士是永远追求光明的。他并不躺在晴空下享受阳光(5),却在暗认夜里燃起火炬,给人们照亮道路,使他们走向黎明(6)。驱散黑暗,这是战士的任务。他不躲避黑暗,却要面对黑暗,跟躲藏在阴影里的魅魅、蛆陋搏斗。他要消灭它们而取得光明。战士是不知道妥协的。他得不到光明便不会停止战斗。
A fighter is always in pursuit of light. Instead of basking in the sunshine under a clear sky, he holds a burning torch in the darkness of night to illuminate people's way so that they can continue their journey till they see the dawn of a new day. It is the task of a fighter to dispel darkness. Instead of shirking darkness, he braves it and fight