Saturday, April 10

陋室铭

周末早上起来,自己坐在客厅里,忽然想起了刘禹锡的这首《陋室铭》: 


山不在高,有仙則名。水不在深,有龍則靈。斯是陋室,惟吾德馨。

苔痕上階綠,草色入簾青。談笑有鴻儒,往來無白丁。

可以調素琴,閱金經。無絲竹之亂耳,無案牘之勞形。

南陽諸葛廬,西蜀子雲亭。

孔子云:「何陋之有?」


这么多年没有想起过它,现在一想起来,也许这短短81字,一直在牵引着我,在潜意识里提醒自己应该过着什么样的生活:物质追求放在其次,与“有趣的灵魂”结识、交友,摆脱“案牍之劳形”。


最后一句话“孔子云:「何陋之有?」” 以前没有注意到,现在一查,在《论语。子罕》里有这句:


子欲居九夷。或曰:「陋,如之何!」子曰:「君子居之,何陋之有?」



孔子真是坦率:有我在的地方,怎么会陋呢?我到了哪里,光明就到了哪里。










Wednesday, April 7

Say no to SB-82:

 California is proposing SB-82, to make some crimes that would be felony in the current law, into misdemeanor. The summary text of the bill is:

This bill would define the crime of petty theft in the first degree as taking the property from the person of another or from a commercial establishment by means of force or fear without the use of a deadly weapon or great bodily injury.


Previously (currently), if somebody use force or fear to "take" money from others, that is robbery. He doesn't have to use gun or sharp knife, he can just say "I am making an offer you can't refuse", or put one hand in his pocket, pretending that is a gun.  In the proposed new law, this is no longer a robbery, it is a "petty theft" now!

Only if the person is using gun or sharp knife (It's hard to say whether a metal baseball bat is "deadly weapon" or not), or the target is dead or bleeding (great bodily injury), then this becomes a robbery, a felony that has longer jail time and criminal record.


I object to this change. Whenever the person is using force or fear to attack others, take away the valuables, that is no longer a theft. The force or fear brings nightmare to the innocent receiver, creates insecurity to the community, it definitely should be a felony.