Brave New World

现代通讯技术之快捷令人惊叹。刚刚看完开罗演说的直播和点评,回头看网上cairo已经成为上升最快的搜索关键词,而且全文也已经放出。一起看电视的邻居说:难道你不觉得这个演说让人充满了希望吗?难道不是吗?

我发现我已经很难被言辞打动了,我说萨义德——也许他就是这所大学毕业的——后来网上查了一下发现不是,虽然他在开罗长大——如果活到现在,未必会喜欢这个演说,尽管它看起来如此地自由、平等、包容:

The Holy Koran tells us, “O mankind! We have created you male and a female; and we have made you into nations and tribes so that you may know one another.”

The Talmud tells us: “The whole of the Torah is for the purpose of promoting peace.”

The Holy Bible tells us, “Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called sons of God.”

The people of the world can live together in peace. We know that is God’s vision. Now, that must be our work here on Earth. Thank you. And may God’s peace be upon you.

另一个邻居说:因为他是我们的总统。他是美国人民的总统,如果基于这个理由美国人要为之激动和骄傲,我们可以说这是爱国主义,基于nation的特殊性。但是世界各地的人都要看他如何在中东对穆斯林发言,并且为之激动和充满希望的话,则是基于nation作为普世模式的普遍性。

他说我们不能以自由主义的伪装粉饰对其他宗教的仇视。我想自由主义者未必是故意伪装,就像他的普世主义话语也不是伪装一样。我们都发自内心地期待一个更好的世界,他的每一句话都无可反驳之处,但是在无可反驳的普世主义之下,矛盾也许无可解决,也许会以另一种方式解决。

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