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                作者:姜大大 来源:文章阅读∑网 时间:2020-05-14 16:34 阅读:


                  鲍伯·格林Bob Greene

                  1 In the house where I grew up, it was our custom to leave the front door on the latch at night。 I don't know if that was a local term or if it is universal; "on the latch" meant the door was closed but not locked。 None of us carried keys; the last one in for the evening would close up, and that was it。

                   小时候㊣ 在家里,我们的前门总他在借助天地之力是夜不落锁。我不知道这是当地少主的一种说法还是大●家都这么说;"不落锁"的意思是△掩上门,但不锁住。我们只能和墨姑娘对抗谁都不带钥匙;晚上〓最后一个回家的人把门关上,这就行了。

                  2 Those days are over。 In rural areas as well as in cities, doors do not stay unlocked, even for part of an evening。


                  3 Suburbs and country areas are, in many ways, even more vulnerable than well-patroled urban streets。 Statistics show the crime rate rising more dramatically in those allegedly tranquil areas than in cities。 At any rate, the era of leaving the front door on the latch is over。


                  4 It has been replaced by dead-bolt locks, security chains, electronic alarm systems and trip wires hooked up to a police station or private guard firm。 Many suburban families have sliding glass doors on their patios, with steel bars elegantly built in so no one can pry the doors open。


                  5 It is not uncommon, in the most pleasant of homes, to see pasted on the windows small notices announcing that the premises are under surveillance by this security force or that guard company。 在最温馨的居家,也常常看得到窗上贴着小小的告示,称本宅由某家安全机构或某个保〖安公司负责监管。

                  6 The lock is the new symbol of America。 Indeed, a recent public-service advertisement by a large insurance company featured not charts showing how much at risk we are, but a picture of a child's bicycle with the now-usual padlock attached to it。


                  7 The ad pointed out that, yes, it is the insurance companies that pay for stolen goods, but who is going to pay for what the new atmosphere of distrust and fear is doing to our way of life? Who is going to make the psychic payment for the transformation of America from the Land of the Free to the Land of the Lock?


                  8 For that is what has happened。 We have become so used to defending ourselves against the new atmosphere of American life, so used to putting up barriers, that we have not had time to think about what it may mean。


                  9 For some reason we are satisfied when we think we are well-protected; it does not occur to us to ask ourselves: Why has this happened? Why are we having to barricade ourselves against our neighbors and fellow citizens, and when, exactly, did this start to take over our lives?


                  10 And it has taken over。 If you work for a medium- to large-size company, chances are that you don't just wander in and out of work。 You probably carry some kind of access card, electronic or otherwise, that allows you in and out of your place of work。 Maybe the security guard at the front desk knows your face and will wave you in most days, but the fact remains that the business you work for feels threatened enough to keep outsiders away via these "keys。"


                  11 It wasn't always like this。 Even a decade ago, most private businesses had a policy of free access。 It simply didn't occur to managers that the proper thing to do was to distrust people。


                  12 Look at the airports。 Parents used to take children out to departure gates to watch planes land and take off。 That's all gone。 Airports are no longer a place of education and fun; they are the most sophisticated of security sites。


                  13 With electronic X-ray equipment, we seem finally to have figured out a way to hold the terrorists, real and imagined, at bay; it was such a relief to solve this problem that we did not think much about what such a state of affairs says about the quality of our lives。 We now pass through these electronic friskers without so much as a sideways glance; the machines, and what they stand for, have won。

                   凭借着⌒ 电子透视装置,我们似乎终于想出妙计让恐怖分就在坐到九九子无法近身,无论是真的恐怖分子还是凭空■臆想的。能解决这一问题真是如释重负,于是我们不去多想这种状况对我▽们的生活质量意味着什么。如今我们走过这些电子搜查器时已经看都不看就是他道皇势力也不存在一眼了,这些装置,还有它们所代表♂的一切已经获胜。

                  14 Our neighborhoods are bathed in high-intensity light; we do not want to afford ourselves even so much a luxury as a shadow。


                  15 Businessmen, in increasing numbers, are purchasing new machines that hook up to the telephone and analyze a caller's voice。 The machines are supposed to tell the businessman, with a small margin of error, whether his friend or client is telling lies。


                  16 All this is being done in the name of "security"; that is what we tell ourselves。 We are fearful, and so we devise ways to lock the fear out, and that, we decide, is what security means。


                  17 But no; with all this "security," we are perhaps the most insecure nation in the history of civilized man。 What better word to describe the way in which we have been forced to live? What sadder reflection on all that we have become in this new and puzzling time?

                   其实不然;我们虽然有了这眼中精光闪烁一切安全措施,但我们或许是人︻类文明史上最不安全的国民。还有什其他几个虚神顿时反应了过来么更好的字眼能用来描述我们被迫选择的土神盾之上生活方式呢?还有什么更为可悲地表明我们在这个令ζ 人困惑的新时代所感受到的惶恐之情呢?

                  18 We trust no one。 Suburban housewives wear rape whistles on their station wagon key chains。 We have become so smart about self-protection that, in the end, we have all outsmarted ourselves。 We may have locked the evils out, but in so doing we have locked ourselves in。


                  19 That may be the legacy we remember best when we look back on this age: In dealing with the unseen horrors among us, we became prisoners of ourselves。 All of us prisoners, in this time of our troubles。


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