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生命太短,我們沒法用多重身份去探索一切事物,或體會所有情感。唯獨透過聆聽、交流想法,才可以從了解別人的價值觀當中,找回對生命的篤定和熱情。這回Chessman Post將再續上星期的話題,讓棋人同事分享對生活的看法。
 
「生活中最重要的是甚麼?」
 
Eric Wong, born on 29th December

真正屬於自己的獨處時間是最重要的。做甚麼也不要緊,即使只是無所事事呆著也沒所謂。人愈大,愈多身份角色,愈難擁有這樣的獨處時間。但每天為自己預留一點這樣的時間,哪怕只是十五分鐘,也能在這繁囂世界中稍為找回一點平衡和安寧。
 
Kaman Cheung, born on 5th May
 
「愛」。
 
因為愛,所以希望見到父母親人可以健康快樂生活。愛身邊一班知己老死,大家閒時可以吃飯灌酒、去旅行笑談舊事。身邊的伴侶跟自己能步伐一致,一起向共同的理想出發,我相信也是基於愛。
 
又或者,是要找到自己最熱愛的事情。不論是工作、音樂、藝術、運動、看球賽等等,我相信一樣要有足夠的熱愛方能成功。亦因為愛惜自己住的地方,才會想好好去守護它。
 
縱使愛是「骨痹肉麻」,現今亦越來越少人會去表達;甚或會偶爾令自己心痛受傷害,不過我仍然相信愛是最簡單直接的。
 
因為愛,生命才會出現色彩!
 
Victor Chong, born on 8th June
 
生於六月八號的我。
我認為生活中最重要的,就是不要去想甚麼是最重要。
 
六月八,雙子座,暗藏兩個人,擁多重性格,難於專注,但總是分身有術,樣樣皆曉,卻不願深究。可能受著星座磁場影響,我大多也不會對生活細節有輕重之分,沒有「最」重要,因為樣樣皆「重」!我看重生活上每一細節點滴,若有輕重之分便等於要有所忽略。
 
或許有人會覺得最重要是健康;有人會選擇親情或友情;亦當然會有人覺得最重要是愛情;而選擇金錢或權力的亦大有人在。有人選擇活在當下,亦有人每每為未來而活,努力向上。但無論如何,它們也不是我的那杯茶,因為我深信一個道理──「搖搖板」理論。你越著緊看重那東西,那東西便往往離你越遠,所以試試放下那些你認為最重要的東西,看看四周,凡事本著中庸之道,不看重亦不看輕,你便會發覺你會擁有更多,享受更多。

Chun Lai, born on 27th September

我認為必須對每一件事都永遠傾注十足的熱情。因為有持續的熱情,才可以獲得持續的成功。所以,我覺得生活中最重要的,就是「熱情」二字。

Elok Wong, born on 4th June
 
讀小學的時候以為,若能熟讀當時的「三司十一局」至背誦如流的地步,就等同於很了解這個社會。誰知長大後,發現那些連冰山一角也談不上。人生於世,大家好像都在奮力找一片安身立命之地,自顧自地生活。然而,作為世界公民的我們總不能對外界的事情充耳不聞,也不該讓好奇心和同理心暗自凋零。

大學數年,我修讀翻譯系,在理解何謂「翻譯」的過程中,我的世界觀改變了。翻譯不僅是語言的轉換,更是一個廣闊的概念。譬如我們去旅行,處於家鄉和異地之間的狹縫,然後我們會開始用兩地的不同文化來詮釋世界,這便算是一個翻譯的行為了。我慢慢意識到,原來生命中的一舉一動、每分每秒都在「翻譯」世界,並與其交流著。

不知大家可有聽過「Six Degree of Separation」?這個理論指出,世界上互不相識的二人,只需要透過六個人,就能連繫起來。每次一想到這理論,我就會覺得即使在世界邊緣發生的某些事,其實與我距離並不遠。印度女性的人權被剝奪、以色列人和巴勒斯坦人衝突連連、維族和藏族人的生活艱難……世界上有太多問題不應被忽視、活埋。

簡單而言,我認為生活最重要的是認識世界,包括她的美麗與殘缺。我不可能知道所有事,但我不願無知地活著。

文字提供:王卿儒、張嘉敏、莊勁聰、賴縉嶢、王以珞
美術:王曉澄

Life is too short. We cannot become another person to explore all the things and feel all the emotions in the world. Only by listening to others’ thoughts and understanding their values can we learn different life lessons, thus finding the true passion for life again. In this issue of Chessman Post, some Chessman members will continue to share their thoughts on life.
 
“What is most important to you in life?”
 
Eric Wong, born on 29th December

The most important thing in life is to spend time alone. It does not matter what we do, it is okay to zone out and have nothing to do at all. As we grow older, we need to take on multiple roles, which make it more difficult to have some authentic “me time”. But making time for ourselves every day, even just for 15 mins, can help us find the balance and tranquility in this bustling world.
 
Kaman Cheung, born on 5th May
 
Love.
 
Because of love, I hope that my parents and families can live a happy, healthy life. I love my friends. We can hang out for a meal, drink some alcohol, go for a trip and reminisce about the good old days. I also believe that because of love, I can keep in pace with my partner and take a step towards our common goals together.
 
Or love is also about finding something we are passionate about. Be it work, music, art, sports or watching matches, I believe we must have enough passion to make it successful. Love can also be about loving the places we live, and protect them.

Though love might be considered cheesy in today’s world where love is seldom confessed, or sometimes it can even be hurtful, I still think that love is the simplest and the most direct thing.
 
Because of love, our lives are filled with colors!
 
Victor Chong, born on 8th June

I was born on 8th June.
I think the most important thing in life is not to think what is the most important.
 
Born on the 8th of June, I am a Gemini, a dual-natured person with multiple personalities. I find it hard to stay focused, but I can always do many different things together at the same time. I grasp things easily, but I never really want to dig into something. Perhaps under the influence of the zodiac sign, I usually do not compare every detail of life. Nothing is the “most” important, because everything is! I care about every detail of life. If I keep comparing which one is more important, I will be very likely to neglect some other important things.
 
Some people may think health is the most important; whereas other may opt for family love and friendship. And of course, some people would think romantic love is the most important; and there are lots of people who would lust after money and power. Some want to live in the moment, some choose to live for future. Yet, no single one of the options is my cup of tea, since I firmly believe the “see-saw” theory. When you care more about one thing, you will be getting dragged further away from it. Therefore, try to let go of what you think is the most important. Look around, steer a middle course between things, and you will gain more, enjoy more.
 
Chun Lai, born on 27th September

I think we should always pour all the passion into what we do, since continued success can only be achieved through continued passion. Therefore, the word “passion” is what I think the most important in life.

Elok Wong, born on 4th June

When I was studying in primary school, I always thought that if I could recite the name of the three Principal Officials, and the eleven government bureaus and departments fluently at that time, like really knew it by heart, then I was getting to know the society very well. But as I am all grown-up, I discover that those names are not even a tip of an iceberg. Living in the world, everyone seems to strive for a secure and stable living environment. It is very normal that many of us only live for ourselves. Yet, I think we should not shut our eyes to things happening outside, and we should never lose our curiosity and empathy.

During my university study, I majored in translation. My world view had completely changed while I was learning about “what is translation”. Translation is not merely an exchange between languages, it is a wide, dynamic concept. For instance, “travel” is also an act of translation, because a traveler is situated in the gap between home and destination, and he or she would try to interpret the world using two different cultures. After I have learned the concept of translation, I then realized that we are indeed translating and interacting with the world every day.

Have you ever heard of the “Six Degree of Separation” theory? It suggests that any two people on the planet can be connected through a chain of acquaintances that has no more than five intermediaries. Whenever I think of this theory, I have a feeling that all things happening at the edge of the world are close to me. The human rights of Indian women being violated, the ongoing conflict between Israelis and Palestinians, the hardships of Uyghurs and Tibetans…There are too many problems in the world which should not be neglected.

To put it simple, I would say the most important in life, at least for me, is to get acquainted with the world, and embrace it—including its beauty and imperfection. I do not know all things, but I do not want to live in ignorance.

Text: Eric Wong, Kaman Cheung, Victor Chong, Chun Lai, Elok Wong
Art: Agnes Wong

ISSUE #218

CHESSMAN DATE PROJECT PART.2

 

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