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大学士时,在中英候翻译课翻译了这本比较有名的少说。不太难翻译。

几个月以前去家的近的超市就找到了英文版。是很一般的英国的超市。没有什么太特别的。买完东西看到门口旁边有几本书。上边的书是王朔小说《玩的就是心跳》。

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到现在没想到有英文版。王朔是南京生的可是可能北京最代表的作家。邓代的中国政府好批评他,叫他写的书”流氓的文学”。但是他写的都很流行。我在90年代北京留学时候年轻的北京人都说王朔的书挺有意思所以我也加油试试茫茫看。要了太多时间。哎哟,如果那时候也有英文的真好了。但是是因为没有我现在也还记得那个故事还看懂一点中文。

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Nietzsche's concept of the "superman" intrigues me. What would the super version of you be? It is perhaps difficult to imagine, because the ideal *super* self would (should?) be fully unfettered of the programming of his/her primate caregivers and all other societal influencers, since nothing "super" in a self can be the product of less-than-super others.

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That bond-breaking must be the first task of the freedom seeker. But can we conceive of a new self when the self we know is a composite of other people's ideas about how we should live and think? If others essentially define the individual, can we even imagine, let alone realize, a higher self? Do we have to reference the ideals of others to arrive at a notion of our own, super-realized being? If so, there is no self that is standing free and independently. There is only the self inflicted on us by circumstance and socialisation. Is there an authentic, "pure" self? Might that be the superman that we should strive for?

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The ego is a puzzling phenomenon. When I was living overseas, every expat I encountered was richer and more fabulous than I could ever be. Every one was embarking on an amazing new business scheme (the specifics are a trade secret, sorry), was ex special forces (can't tell you too much, sorry), had friends in high places who owed them favours (better not say who, sorry), or was an ex professional sportsman (shouldn't say which teams because you might not believe me, sorry).

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You might have noticed. In life, risk is guaranteed, but safety never is. Risk is part of life. Risk is natural. Safety might be desirable, but assuming that safety is always preferable and consistently deciding in favour of safety over any risk will lead to insularity, fear, conservatism, and, ultimately, stasis. No oceans would ever have been crossed, no engines designed, no skies navigated, and no satellites launched if risks had never been taken. And, of course, high risks return high rewards. Heroes are risk takers. Pioneers seek risk and places bear their names for eternity. History forgets the cautious.

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A few years ago, I watched a great movie: Safety Not Guaranteed. The name of the oddball genius character gave me a wry chuckle: Kenneth. Strange to hear my name said so often by Americans in a movie, and used on a very interesting character - whose eccentricities are all fully redeemed by the way! I always thought my name was a dreadful handicap, a relic of the 1940s that never had a moment of cool to its credit. Although the Kenneth in this movie isn't much of a philosopher, several of the movie's themes touch on existential issues: the fallacies of assumption, the value of recognising the transient nature of our being, and the need to live our lives in the eternal present, wringing from them every drop of joy we can and even savouring the notion of our demise for the quality it gives those moments.

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The brilliant psychonautic author Robert Anton Wilson spoke about an information source deeper than Freud's subconscious, something that he described as external in sensation. I wonder whether he was experiencing what the ancient Greeks called "the muse". He said it was the power behind his creative productivity, powering his hands over the keyboard deep into the night, spewing information into type with hardly any cognitive awareness on the part of his daily consciousness.

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