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  • There are people we are friends with for one major but often maligned or overlooked reason:

    我們和有些人之所以是朋友的主因常被詆毀或忽略:

  • because we were friends with them some time ago. At one stage, it might be decades ago now,

    因為這些人曾經是我們的好朋友。人生的某個階段,可能是幾十年前,

  • we had a lot in common: we were both good at Maths but bad at French at school

    我們有許多共同點:上學時擅長數學卻不擅長法文

  • and had a shared liking for table tennis; or we had adjacent rooms at college

    或是都喜歡打桌球;又或者在大學宿舍中是鄰居,

  • and used to help each other with assignments and commiserate in the bar about failed dates or maddening parents;

    我們會互相幫忙做作業,或在酒吧裡一起抱怨失敗的約會和令人抓狂的父母;

  • or maybe we were interns in the same big firm with the same (as we thought at the time)

    也可能我們在同一間公司當實習生,而我們的直屬上司(當時是這麼想的)

  • bizarre and intemperate boss. But life has taken us on radically different courses.

    古怪、脾氣又差。但後來,人生將我們帶往截然不同的道路。

  • Now, they've got three young children; they moved to the Orkneys where they are managing a fish farm;

    現在他們已有三個小孩,搬到了奧克尼島並在那經營養魚場;

  • or they've gone into politics and have become a junior minister;

    或是他們踏入政壇,成為菜鳥部長;

  • or they're working as a ski teacher in the Rocky Mountains. The daily realities of our lives may be miles apart;

    又或者他們在洛磯山脈當滑雪教練。我們彼此的人生已經相差了十萬八千里;

  • we may know little of their world and they of ours. If we were introduced today,

    我們對彼此的生活知道的少之又少。如果我們現在才認識,

  • we'd think each other pleasant enough but would never get close.

    也許我們會對彼此有好感,卻不可能變熟。

  • Yet it can be hugely helpful and very redemptive to catch up with these people, with a one-on-one dinner,

    但是跟老朋友敘舊,無論是一對一的晚餐約會、

  • a walk in the woods or the occasional email. These friends function as conduits to earlier versions of ourselves

    在林間散步或偶爾的 email往來,或許對我們有幫助、有療癒效果。這些朋友就像我們回到過去的管道,

  • that are inaccessible day-to-day but that contain hugely important insights.

    讓我們重返無法回朔的青春年華。

  • In the company of the old friend, we take stock of the journey we have travelled.

    跟老朋友敘舊時,我們一起回顧了曾經走過的歲月。

  • We get to see how we have evolved, what was once painful, what mattered

    我們可以檢視我們的成長與轉變,緬懷曾經讓我們痛苦的、對我們重要的事情,

  • or what we have wholly forgotten we deeply enjoyed.

    或是曾經很喜歡卻遺忘的事情。

  • The old friend is a guardian of memories on which we might otherwise have a damagingly tenuous hold. We need old friends because of a crucial complexity in human nature.

    老朋友替我們守護脆弱易逝的回憶。因為人性天生的複雜性,我們需要老朋友。

  • We pass through stages of development and as we do so,

    當我們成長、跨越不同的發展階段時,

  • we discard previous concerns and develop a lack of empathy around past perspectives.

    我們容易拋棄過往的觀點並逐漸缺乏對過去經歷的同理心。

  • At fourteen, we knew a lot about resenting our parents. Twenty years later, the whole idea sounds absurd and ungrateful.

    14歲時,我們總覺得父母很討人厭;20年過後,這整個想法卻顯得荒唐、忘恩負義。

  • Yet the old friend reconnects us with a particular atmosphere

    但老朋友將我們帶回某個特定的時空背景,

  • and like a novelist, makes us at home with a character, ourselves,

    像小說家一樣,幫助我們熟悉「自己」這號人物,

  • who might otherwise have seemed impossibly alien to us. At twenty-two, we found single life extremely painful.

    我們可能對自己可能感到異常陌生。 22 歲時,我們覺得單身很痛苦。

  • We hung out a lot with a particular friend and shared a litany of wistful, alienated thoughts.

    我們常跟特定的朋友出去玩,排解傷感、淒涼的情緒。

  • At forty-five, with a young family around us, we may find ourselves increasingly curious about being single again

    45 歲時,我們投入家庭生活一段時間了,我們可能開始想念單身生活

  • and fantasize about the joys of casual hook-ups. The old friend has crucial news to impart.

    並幻想偶爾被搭訕的樂趣。老朋友有重要消息要分享。

  • We experience life from a succession of very different vantage points over the decades,

    幾十年以來,我們歷經許多身分的轉換,

  • but we tend, understandably, to be preoccupied only with the present vista,

    但可以理解的是我們通常只專注於現況,

  • forgetting the particular, incomplete but still crucial wisdom contained in earlier phases.

    而忘了早期形塑我們人格的重要特質與觀點。

  • Every age possesses a superior kind of knowledge in some area or other,

    每個年齡層了解和擅長的領域都不同,

  • which it then, usually, forgets to hand on to succeeding selves.

    但通常會忘了將其傳授給未來的自己。

  • Remembering what it was like not to be who we are now is vital to our growth and integrity.

    回想起過去的自己是我們成長不可或缺的養分。

  • The best professors remain friends with their past. They remember what it was like not to know about their special topic

    傑出的教授們與當年的同窗為伍。他們記得以前也不懂現在擅長的專業,

  • and so don't talk over the heads of their students.

    所以在學生面前不會高談闊論。

  • The best bosses are in touch with their own experience of starting out as a lowly employee;

    傑出的上司會記得他們當初也是從基層做起;

  • the best politicians clearly recall periods in their lives when they held very different views to the ones they have now formulated,

    傑出的政治家肯定記得當年他們的政治觀點跟現在截然不同,

  • which allows them to persuade, and empathize with, hostile constituencies.

    這讓他們能夠說服並理解敵對陣營的選民。

  • Good parents keep emotionally in touch with the feelings of injustice and sensitivity they had in early childhood.

    好的父母會記得他們童年時期的忌妒心理和敏感情緒。

  • Kindly wealthy people remember what it was like not to dare to walk into a fancy food shop for fear of being patronized.

    好心的有錢人記得當初因為被屈尊俯就地對待而不願去高檔餐廳。

  • And we are always better long-term lovers, if we have an avenue of loyalty back to who we were when we first met our beloved and were at an apogee of gratitude and modesty.

    如果我們可以回到第一次墜入愛河的時候,找回當初感激和謙虛的態度,我們會成為更優秀的長期伴侶。

  • Old friends are key activators of fascinating and valuable parts of the self that we need,

    老朋友是喚醒我們迷人且珍貴的自我價值的關鍵,

  • but are always at risk of forgetting we need in the blinkered present.

    讓我們重拾因為當下思路狹隘而被遺忘的那一面。

  • We publish new thought provoking films every week.

    每周我們都會上架更多發人深省的影片。

  • Be sure to subscribe to our channel and take a look at more of what we have to offer at the link on your screen now.

    記得訂閱我們的頻道,點擊螢幕連結觀賞更多作品。

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