2003 年 4 月 30 日 星期三
政治可在一夜之间使富翁变成穷光蛋，使教授变成傻瓜蛋 --- 由此，还是政治最重要。
Politicians think that political positions are important; businessmen think that earning money is important, but professors and scientists think that publication and invention are important. When there is a conflict between all of the three, the importance of the politics overrides the importance of all.
Politics can make a millionaire a beggar, a professor a fool, in an overnight – therefore, politics is the most important.
耽误了时间，误了政治家的仕途，生意人的“钱”途，教授科学家的研究发明则不过是废纸一堆。在这种意义上说，一切重要不重要在于时间的把握 -- 失去了时间就失去了一切。
But time is important to everybody.
When the right time (timing) passed, the politician would lose an upper position, a businessman, money, and professors and scientists would have nothing but a pile of waste paper.
有人讲“关系”， 有人讲“派系”； 有人讲“金钱开道”，有人讲“知识结构和能力”--- 有如民族多元化，无法“拉平”。
Some talk about “social connections”, some talk about group, some talk about money paying ground, and some talk about knowledge structure and ability --- like racial diversity, cannot be erased.
In the eye of politician, power is the key; position is the key.
In the eye of merchant, money is the key; opportunity is the key.
In the eye of professors, publication is the key, theory is the key.
Politicians sees businessman as eroding insect, professors as teaching babysitters, only political positions are the path to all.
Businessman sees politicians as extort money, professors as poor bookworm, only business has a path to all.
Professors see politics as theatre, businessman as opportunists, and only knowledge as a path to all.
Linguistics is the science to study language scientifically. They are not multi-lingual translators. Whether in China or in the US, academia has no difference in this regard – although some non-academic people insist that linguists are multilingualists.
Scientists specialize, actors and actress perform, historians read widely, doctors need experience, writers are creative.
Not specialized, scientists are but technicians, theatre no difference from a street without theatre arts, inexperienced doctors mistake jaundice as flu, writers who lost creativity downgrade to school pupils who are doing homework.