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  The Soundest Investment of All

  by C. Jared Ingersoll

  I feel very presumptuous and uncomfortable about trying to explain out loud the things Ibelieve in. But I do think that all human problems are in some way related to each other, soperhaps if people compare their experiences they may discover something in common in huntingthe answers.

  I am a very fortunate man for I lead a full and what is for me a happy life. I say this eventhough I happen to have had, in the course of it, a couple of severe personal blows.

  My first wife collapsed and died one day while she and I were ice skating, after eighteen years ofa most happy existence together. My only son, a sergeant in the army combat engineers, waskilled in Italy in the last war. Nevertheless, these tragedies did not throw me completely and Ihave been able to fill my life anew with happiness.

  I do not mean to sound calloused. Those blows hurt me deeply. I guess that two basicallyimportant things helped me most to recover. One is the fact that I have come to see life as agamble. The other is a belief in what some people call the hereafter. I try to live fully so thatwhen and if my luck changes there will be little room for regret or recrimination over time lost ormisspent. My belief in the hereafter is wrapped in the intangible but stubborn thoughts of alayman. Very likely I would get lost in trying to describe or defend, by cold logic, my belief inGod but nobody could argue me out of it.

  I have come to believe that I owe life as much as it owes me, and I suppose that explains thisfine satisfaction I get out of endeavoring to do a job to the best of what ability I have, and outof helping somebody else.

  As a kid I used to ride a rake in the hayfields. I got a tremendous kick out of trying to sweepevery field clean as a whistle. Here I made a surprising and happy discovery: that there couldbe actual enjoyment in the exercise of thoroughness and responsibility, and that duty didn’thave to be a drudge.

  I don’t know exactly why, but I like to do things for other people. Not only familyresponsibilities, work on a hospital board, and various church organizations but also the mostinconsequential things that might hardly seem worth the time. My office happens to be onIndependence Square and now and then I have occasion to direct a tourist to the Liberty Bell orfill him in on a little of the history of Philadelphia. The tourist doesn’t seem to mind and it makesme feel good. I’m afraid I’m not very profound. I have tried to comprehend why somethingso simple and so sound as the Golden Rule is so often forgotten or held in disrepute. I canonly say—and I say this quite selfishly—that I have found it a good investment. It has paid me avery high return, undoubtedly more than I deserve.

  C.贾里德.英格索尔

  我想,若是大声解释我的信仰,不仅会给人一种自大的感觉,也会使我感到不安。但是我认为,从某种程度上来说,人类所有的问题都是息息相关的。因此,倘若人们比较一下他们的经历,也许就能在寻找答案的过程中发现某些共同之处。

  我是一个幸运的人,因为我的生活充实而幸福。不管怎样,我依然会这么说,即使曾经的多次不幸给我带来了沉重的打击。我与第一个妻子共同度过了18年幸福的婚姻生活,然而在我们去滑冰的那天,她突然倒下,撒手人寰。我唯一的儿子是一名工兵军士,二战期间,在意大利阵亡。然而,我并没有被这些不幸彻底打倒,而是再次让我的生活充满幸福。

  我并不是想让大家觉得我冷酷无情。这些不幸确实对我造成了很大的伤害。我想我之所以能够重新振作起来,其中有两个重要的原因:一是我认为生活其实就是一场赌博,二是我对人们所说的来世深信不疑。为了在晦运时,不至于因虚度时光而后悔或自责,我努力让自己充实地生活。作为一个普通信徒,无形而坚定的思想正是我信仰来世的来源。我信仰上帝,也许我难以用冷冰冰的逻辑来描述这个信仰或为它辩护,但谁也无法说服我放弃它。

  我相信,我对生活付出多少,就会得到多少。因此,我认为,我最大的满足正是来源于尽自己最大的努力去做一份工作或是帮助别人。

  孩提时,我常会在干草地上开耙草机。在将每片草地耙干净的过程中,我总会获得极大的成就感,并惊奇地发现:尽心而尽责地完成一件事会为你带来真正的快乐,而尽责也并不一定是做苦工。

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