A blind boy sat on the steps of a building with a hat by his feet.

He held up a sign which said: "I am blind, please help."

There were only a few coins in the hat.




A man was walking by. He took a few coins from his pocket and dropped them into the hat. He then took the sign, turned it around, and wrote some words. He put the sign back so that everyone who walked by would see the new words.

一個男人經過了, 他從口袋裡掏出了幾枚硬幣投入帽子裡。然後,他拿起告示牌把它翻轉過來寫了一些字。他放回告示牌,以便走過的每個人都會看到新的詞句。



Soon the hat began to fill up. A lot more people were giving money to the blind boy. That afternoon the man who had changed the sign! came to see how things were.
帽子很快的開始填滿了錢。更多人給失明的男孩更多的硬幣。 午後,改寫了告示牌的男人來看看事情發展得怎麼樣了。>

The boy recognized his footsteps and asked,
"Were you the one who changed my sign this morning? What did you write?"


The man said, "I only wrote the truth. I said what you said but in a different way."

那人說:「我只是寫真相。 我說了你原本的意思,但用的是另一種說法。」

What he had written was: "
Today is a beautiful day and I cannot see it."
他寫的是: 今天是美好的一天,但我卻不能看見。」


Do you think the first sign and the second sign were saying the same thing?

Of course both signs told people that the boy was blind. But the first sign simply said the boy was blind.

But the first sign simply told people to help by putting some money in the hat.


The second sign told people that they were able
to enjoy the beauty of the day, but the boy could not enjoy it because he was blind.

The first sign simply said the boy was blind. The second sign told people they were so lucky that they were not blind.
Should we be surprised that the second sign was more effective?
第一個告示只訴說了男孩是瞎的。 第二個告示告訴人們(自己)是多麼的幸運不是瞎眼的人。


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