The Indifferent World

The Indifferent World

無関心な世界

自分がどうなろうと自 然(世界)は無頓着だよ、という主題。自分のことなど誰も気に留めないし構っちゃくれない、と拡大解釈することもできる。

僕はこれを、唐の漢詩の有名なフレーズ、「国敗れて山河あり」から書き始めることにした。

Nation defeated, still exist mountains and rivers – so says a famous Chinese poem…

なんか普遍的なカッコいい出だしだ・・・

ん? コンマのあとに but が抜けている? いやいや、ここは意図的に接続詞を省略するのがコツだ。

あとは高校の時に覚えた Should it…, our nation… とかなんとかの仮定法条件節の強調形などを随所に使い、主語と動詞を逆に配置したりと、スタイリッシュに仕上 げた。

ただしひとつ難題がある。我々東洋人が自然に対して抱く畏敬の念を、自然は克服するものと思い込んでいるアメリカ人に理解できるわけがない。

そこで、具体例を入れることにした。実体験ならばより迫力があるだろうと、僕の子供時代のことを思い出した。

僕は小学校のころ、床屋で髪を切られるのが大嫌いだった。無理もない、近所の床屋はいずれも「不可解な」美的感覚に毒されていて、すそは櫛とバリカンを駆使してきれいに刈り上げ、前髪は短めに水平に切り揃える。

いわゆる「坊ちゃん刈り」だ。 0.1 ミリの狂いも許されないと、慎重かつ丁寧に仕上げをする彼らは実に不気味だった。友人たちの自然なカットに憧れていた僕は、この坊ちゃん刈りが大嫌いで、午後3時ぐらいに床屋から戻るとそのままベッドにもぐり込んで泣きながら眠りについた。

一時間ほどして夕方の日差しが差し込むようになった頃、僕は暖かい布団に包まれながら目を覚ます。まだ日は高く、庭の木々は暖かなそよ風に揺られてさわさわと音を立て、時折小鳥の鳴き声も聞こえてくる。いつもと全く同じ、平和な夕方の気配を満喫する・・・

ところが、起き上がって目をこすろうとしたしたその時、僕は普段ならば手に触れるはずの前髪が無いことに気がつく。そして後ろに手をやると、そこにはバリカンで短く刈り込まれ半分剥き出しになった滑稽な後頭部がある! 心地よい眠りから覚めて現実を直視した僕は、こうして半狂乱の状態に陥るのだった。

ところが外の夕暮れは、僕の身に起こった悲劇などには全く無頓着で、相変わらず平和に日常のサイクルを繰り返している・・・ 自然の偉大さというのはこういうものなのだ、と僕は感心する。

と、まあ、こんな内容を数ページの散文に書き綴ったわけだ。多分、超自己中なアメリカ人にも自然の普遍性は伝わったと思う。ギャ〜ギャ〜騒いでも意味がないことを、連中がもう少し悟ってくれたら、と僕は思う。

僕の力作はこちら:

The Indifferent World

Nation defeated, still exist mountains and rivers – so says the beginning of a famous Chinese poem. It expresses the stillness and absoluteness of nature in contrast with the human affairs. Our entire history itself, to say nothing of a portion of it, is no more than a grain of sand on the ground, when we compare it with great and eternal nature.

Nature often wears the appearance of indifference when we talk about our own problems; she just follows her cycle steadily and silently. Wars, poverty, death, hatred, sadness, pain – all these problems among people or of individuals have no effect whatsoever on the silent and eternal cycle of nature.

My private example. Ever since I was born, I have hated the barbershop mainly because they would always change my looks for the worse by cutting my hair too short in spite of my careful explanation. I would get home from the barber’s, look at myself in the mirror again, and almost kill myself. I would go to bed right away, trying to forget all about my poorly trimmed hair at least for a while. The next morning when I got up, however, I would experience the saddest and the most miserable moment of my life; waking up from my pleasant dream, I would look out of the window feeling happy and refreshed, and yet being aware that something was wrong; I would then unintentionally touch my head only to discover the most dreadful fact. – my hair was too short!

The world around me, however, remained the same. It showed no sympathy for me, no matter how depressed I was. All nature looked gay; it would be just as pleasant a morning as when I was cheerful, the sun shining brilliantly and the birds singing happily as ever before. Then the evening would come, just as readily and naturally as usual, followed by the beginning of the next day. The world, which one time seemed so close and friendly to me that I almost felt everything had been created for me, now turned away from me leaving me only the feeling of intolerable solitude. The world no longer cared who I was.

Everybody more or less puts himself in the center of the universe, believing subconsciously everything is working for himself. If he feels a pain, he thinks, or it appears to him, that the world around him is also feeling the same pain. It is always hard to believe everything would still go perfectly all right without ourselves, which reminds me of somebody’s saying, “Maturity means to be aware of the fact that the world would experience no change at all if it were not for yourself.”

By |2018-10-26T15:03:14+00:00September 3rd, 2018|Categories: 英語の構文を征服, 亜米利加遊学記【大学編】|0 Comments

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