Sunday, March 06, 2011

爱人与拜物及其他




看到过好几次,不知道哪位(有人说是托马斯·阿奎那)说的这句话:人应该“love people and use things”,而非“love things and use people”。

某个上午在办公室看iPad 2(最大的亮点是那个磁性盖子)发布会的图文直播,就觉得在米国这种消费文化下,做到这点特别难。尽管失业率依旧高企,人们却已挡不住危机开始时稍稍收敛了点儿的消费的诱惑了。譬如iPhone都是和运营商签两年的合约,但新的型号总是一年一出,总是有重要(或者让您觉得重要)的改进。总有不少人过了一年就喜新厌旧。Android的新设备更是喷薄而出,几个月就会落伍,更恶心的是在这个节奏下,厂商往往只过一年,就停止对旧产品的技术支持和软件更新,别人都在用2.6.37了您只能用2.6.18,自会在欲壑里越陷越深。

当然这未必是浪费,淘汰的电子产品多半会被转手若干次,最后作为洋垃圾,处理到第三世界国家去。乔教主这值得敬佩的引领潮流,创造需求的能力,以及随之而来的拷贝猫们,也是米国这乏善可陈的经济状况中不多的亮点。不过这类“创造”出来的需求,有多少转化成了生产力,有多少用来炫耀时尚,或在工作时间走神,或祸害小孩子的视力,就很难有个乐观的估计了。如此这般,就真为开采稀土在内蒙古江西污染的环境,富士康员工的血汗,越洋空运中的化石燃料和温室气体,使用中耗费的电能,感到不值——但以这种心态来评价,又有多少事情值得做呢。

====无关笑话两则====
其一,基督教版

I was walking across a bridge one day, and I saw a man standing on the edge, about to jump. I ran over and said: "Stop. Don't do it."

"Why shouldn't I?" he asked.

"Well, there's so much to live for!"

"Like what?"

"Are you religious?"

He said: "Yes."

I said: "Me too. Are you Christian or Buddhist?"

"Christian."

"Me too. Are you Catholic or Protestant?"

"Protestant."

"Me too. Are you Episcopalian or Baptist?"

"Baptist."

"Wow. Me too. Are you Baptist Church of God or Baptist Church of the Lord?"

"Baptist Church of God."

"Me too. Are you original Baptist Church of God, or are you Reformed Baptist Church of God?"

"Reformed Baptist Church of God."

"Me too. Are you Reformed Baptist Church of God, Reformation of 1879, or Reformed Baptist Church of God, Reformation of 1915?"

He said: "Reformed Baptist Church of God, Reformation of 1915."

I said: "Die, heretic scum," and pushed him off.

以上笑话有些过分。和现实社会中的基督徒接触,觉得他们(至少绝大多数)不是这么偏狭的。不过有人据此发明了一个,其二,Emacs版

I asked my email-pal: "UNIX or Windoze?". He replied "UNIX". I said "Ah...me too!".

I asked my email-pal: "Linux or AIX?".

He said "Linux, of course". I said "Me too".

I asked him: "Emacs or vi". He replied "Emacs". I said "Me too. Small world."

I asked him: "GNU Emacs or XEmacs?", and he said "GNU Emacs". I said "oh, me too."

I asked him "GNU Emacs 19 or GNU Emacs 20"? and he said "GNU Emacs 19". I said "oh, me too."

I asked him, "GNU Emacs 19.29 or GNU Emacs 19.34", and he replied "GNU Emacs 19.29".

I said "DIE YOU OBSOLETE NOGOOD SOCIALLY MALADJUSTED CELIBATE COMMIE FASCIST DORK!", and never emailed him again.

作为vi派最近心血来潮在学emacs,果然觉得在不停按Ctrl或Alt的设计,整个手都扭曲了。