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                名人演讲:Heal the Children, Heal the World 拯救儿童,拯救世界[迈克尔·杰克逊]

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                Heal the Children, Heal the World 拯救儿童,拯救世界
                ——Micheal Jackson 迈克尔·杰克逊

                Heal the Children, Heal the World 拯救儿童,拯救世界 Micheal Jackson 迈克尔·杰克逊

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                [00:02.61]Thank you dear friends,

                [00:03.65]from the bottom of my heart,

                [00:06.37]for such a loving

                [00:07.23]and spirited welcome,

                [00:09.01]and thank you, Mr. President,

                [00:10.48]for your kind invitation to me

                [00:12.53]which I am so honored to accept.

                [00:15.21]I also want to express

                [00:16.46]a special thanks to you Shmuley,

                [00:18.40]who for 11 years

                [00:20.07]served as Rabbi here at Oxford.

                [00:22.59]You and I

                [00:23.29]have been working so hard

                [00:24.70]to form Heal the Kids,

                [00:26.44]as well as writing our book

                [00:27.95]about childlike qualities,

                [00:29.52]and in all of our efforts

                [00:30.88]you have been such a supportive

                [00:32.62]and loving friend.

                [00:46.17]And I also want to thank Toba Friedman,

                [00:48.78]our director of operations

                [00:50.05]at Heal the Kids,

                [00:51.09]who is returning tonight

                [00:52.89]to the alma mater

                [00:54.06]where she served as a Marshall scholar,

                [00:56.47]as well as Marilyn Piels,

                [00:58.58]another central member

                [00:59.88]of our Heal the Kids team.

                [01:01.84]I am humbled

                [01:03.39]to be lecturing in a place

                [01:05.59]that has previously been filled

                [01:07.49]by such notable figures

                [01:09.18]as Mother Theresa,

                [01:10.79]Albert Einstein,

                [01:12.88]Ronald Reagan,

                [01:14.32]Robert Kennedy

                [01:15.91]and Malcolm X.

                [01:17.80]I've even heard

                [01:18.55]that Kermit the Frog

                [01:19.46]has made an appearance here,

                [01:22.49]and I've always felt

                [01:22.88]a kinship with Kermit's message

                [01:25.10]that it's not easy being green.

                [01:29.35]I'm sure he didn't find it

                [01:31.61]any easier being up here than I do!

                [01:34.93]As I looked around Oxford,

                [01:36.56]I can't help

                [01:37.37]but be aware of the majesty

                [01:40.17]and grandeur of this great institution,

                [01:44.26]not to mention the brilliance

                [01:46.14]of the great and gifted minds

                [01:49.39]that have roamed these streets

                [01:50.90]for centuries.

                [01:52.40]The walls of Oxford

                [01:54.09]have not only housed the greatest philosophical

                [01:56.25]and scientific geniuses

                [01:58.40]they also have ushered forth

                [01:59.74]some of the most cherished

                [02:01.68]creators of children's literature,

                [02:04.70]from J.R.R. Tolkien

                [02:06.62]to C.S. Lewis.

                [02:08.10]Lewis Carroll's Alice in wonderland

                [02:10.17]is immortalized

                [02:11.63]in the stained glass windows

                [02:12.52]in Christ Church.

                [02:14.67]And even one of my own fellow Americans,

                [02:16.97]the beloved Dr. Seuss,

                [02:19.51]he graced these halls

                [02:21.38]and then went on to leave his mark

                [02:23.13]on the imaginations

                [02:24.10]of millions of children

                [02:25.40]throughout the world.

                [02:27.95]I suppose I should start by

                [02:30.23]listing my qualifications

                [02:31.84]to speak before you this evening.

                [02:34.63]Friends,

                [02:36.13]I do not have to claim

                [02:39.08]the academic expertise of other speakers

                [02:43.03]who have addressed this hall,

                [02:45.16]just as they could lay little claim

                [02:47.23]at being adept at the moonwalk

                [02:51.31]and you know,

                [02:52.28]Einstein in particular

                [02:53.54]was really terrible at that.

                [02:56.90]But I do have a claim

                [03:00.03]to having experienced

                [03:01.06]more places and cultures

                [03:02.48]than most people will ever see.

                [03:05.16]Human knowledge consists

                [03:06.14]not only of libraries

                [03:07.37]of parchment and ink

                [03:09.22]it is also comprised

                [03:10.32]of the volumes of knowledge

                [03:12.23]that are written on the human heart,

                [03:14.10]chiseled on the human soul,

                [03:15.99]and engraved on the human psyche.

                [03:18.22]And friends,

                [03:19.36]I have encountered so much

                [03:23.62]in this short lifetime

                [03:25.87]of mine that I still cannot believe

                [03:27.61]that I am only 42.

                [03:30.66]I often tell Shmuley

                [03:32.38]that in soul years

                [03:33.75]I'm sure that I'm at least 80

                [03:36.61]and tonight I even walk like I'm 80!

                [03:41.52]So please harken to my message,

                [03:43.62]because what I have to tell you tonight

                [03:45.14]can bring healing to humanity

                [03:47.25]and healing to our planet.

                [03:49.69]Through the grace of God,

                [03:51.92]I have been fortunate

                [03:53.00]to have achieved many of my artistic

                [03:54.91]and professional aspirations

                [03:57.09]realized early in my lifetime.

                [03:58.47]But these, friends,

                [04:00.37]are accomplishments,

                [04:02.04]and accomplishments

                [04:03.69]alone are not who I am.

                [04:07.01]Indeed, the cheery five-year-old

                [04:08.97]who belted out Rockin' Robin

                [04:10.39]and Ben to adoring crowds

                [04:14.00]was not indicative

                [04:15.92]of the boy behind the smile.

                [04:17.63]Tonight,

                [04:18.47]I come before you less as an icon of pop

                [04:21.35]whatever that means anyway

                [04:23.99]and more as an icon of a generation,

                [04:28.22]a generation

                [04:28.94]that no longer knows what it means

                [04:30.02]to be children.

                [04:32.88]All of us are products of our childhood.

                [04:35.96]But I am the product of a lack

                [04:37.38]of a childhood,

                [04:39.15]an absence of that precious

                [04:41.22]and wondrous age

                [04:42.94]when we frolic playfully

                [04:44.44]without a care in the world,

                [04:46.19]basking in the adoration

                [04:47.55]of parents and relatives,

                [04:49.51]where our biggest concern is studying

                [04:51.38]for that big spelling test

                [04:53.14]come Monday morning.

                [04:55.26]Those of you who are familiar

                [04:56.66]with the Jackson Five

                [04:58.27]know that I began performing

                [04:59.87]at the tender age of five

                [05:01.86]and that ever since then,

                [05:03.45]I haven't stopped dancing or singing.

                [05:05.19]But while performing

                [05:07.20]and making music undoubtedly

                [05:08.83]remain as many of my greatest joys,

                [05:12.83]when I was young

                [05:14.01]I wanted more than anything else

                [05:16.56]to be a typical little boy.

                [05:18.89]I wanted to build tree houses,

                [05:21.56]have water balloon fights,

                [05:23.01]and play hide and seek with my friends.

                [05:25.57]But fate had it otherwise

                [05:27.86]and all I could do

                [05:28.80]was envy the laughter and playtime

                [05:29.95]that seemed to be going on all around me.

                [05:33.30]There was no respite

                [05:35.12]from my professional lifetyle.

                [05:36.56]For on Sundays

                [05:37.66]I would go Pioneering,

                [05:39.40]the term used for the missionary work

                [05:41.67]that Jehovah's Witnesses do.

                [05:43.90]And it was then

                [05:44.95]that I was able to see the magic

                [05:47.59]of other people's childhood.

                [05:50.18]Since I was already a celebrity,

                [05:52.73]I would have to put on a disguise

                [05:54.71]of fat suit,

                [05:55.73]a wig,

                [05:56.97]a beard

                [05:58.07]and glasses

                [05:59.60]and we would spend the day

                [06:00.88]in the suburbs of Southern California,

                [06:02.89]going door-to-door

                [06:04.21]or making the rounds of shopping malls,

                [06:06.05]distributing our Watchtower magazine.

                [06:10.49]I loved to set foot

                [06:12.00]in all those regular suburban houses

                [06:13.71]and catch sight

                [06:14.71]of the fireplaces

                [06:15.89]and La-Z-Boy armchairs

                [06:17.46]with kids playing Monopoly

                [06:18.99]and grandmas baby-sitting

                [06:20.43]and all those wonderful,

                [06:22.00]ordinary and starry scenes

                [06:24.16]of everyday life.

                [06:26.29]Many, I know,

                [06:27.73]would argue

                [06:28.63]that these things seem like no big deal.

                [06:31.24]But to me they were mesmerizing.

                [06:37.04]I used to think

                [06:38.22]that I was unique in feeling

                [06:40.17]that I was without a childhood.

                [06:42.48]I believed that indeed

                [06:43.81]there were only a handful of people

                [06:45.43]with whom I could share those feelings.

                [06:48.31]When I recently met

                [06:49.23]with Shirley Temple Black,

                [06:50.81]the great child star of the 1930s and 40s,

                [06:54.58]we said nothing to each other

                [06:56.20]at first,

                [06:57.73]we simply CRIed together,

                [07:00.85]for she could share a pain with me

                [07:03.65]that only others like my close friends

                [07:05.92]Elizabeth Taylor

                [07:07.00]and McCauley Culkin could.

                [07:09.62]I do not tell you this

                [07:11.89]to gain your sympathy

                [07:13.33]but to impress upon you my important point

                [07:16.15]It is not just Hollywood child stars

                [07:18.74]that have suffered

                [07:19.58]from a nonexistent childhood.

                [07:21.64]Today, it's a universal calamity,

                [07:24.26]a global catastrophe.

                [07:26.34]Childhood has become

                [07:27.80]the great casualty of modern-day living.

                [07:30.87]All around us we are producing scores

                [07:33.37]of kids who have not had the joy,

                [07:35.77]who have not been accorded the right,

                [07:38.09]who have not been allowed the freedom,

                [07:39.99]or knowing what it's like to be a kid.

                [07:43.62]Today's children are constantly

                [07:45.40]encouraged to grow up faster,

                [07:47.86]as if this period known as childhood

                [07:49.80]is a burdensome stage,

                [07:51.83]to be endured and ushered through,

                [07:53.94]as swiftly as possible.

                [07:56.15]And on that subject,

                [07:57.45]I am certainly one of the

                [07:58.85]world's greatest experts.

                [08:01.47]Ours is a generation

                [08:02.88]that has witnessed

                [08:03.95]the abrogation

                [08:04.91]of the parent-child covenant.

                [08:06.16]Psychologists are publishing

                [08:09.01]libraries of books

                [08:10.69]detailing the destructive effects

                [08:12.22]of denying one's children

                [08:13.54]the unconditional love

                [08:15.18]that is so necessary

                [08:16.45]to the healthy development

                [08:17.70]of their minds and character.

                [08:20.62]And because of all the neglect,

                [08:22.72]too many of our kids essentially

                [08:24.28]have to raise themselves.

                [08:26.74]They are growing more distant

                [08:29.14]from their parents,

                [08:30.30]grandparents

                [08:31.59]and other family members,

                [08:33.16]as all around us

                [08:34.78]the indestructible bond

                [08:36.12]that once glued together the generations,

                [08:38.48]unravels.

                [08:40.81]This violation has bred a new generation,

                [08:44.56]Generation O,

                [08:46.45]let us call it Generation O,

                [08:48.78]that has now picked up

                [08:49.92]the torch from Generation X.

                [08:52.33]The O stands for a generation

                [08:54.04]that has everything on the outside

                [08:56.03]wealth, success,

                [08:58.75]fancy clothing

                [09:00.96]and fancy cars,

                [09:03.25]but an aching emptiness

                [09:05.69]on the inside.

                [09:07.72]That cavity in our chests,

                [09:09.37]that barrenness at our core,

                [09:11.62]that void in our centre

                [09:13.08]is the place

                [09:14.22]where the heart once beat

                [09:16.57]and which love once occupied.

                [09:19.52]It's not just the kids

                [09:21.02]who are suffering.

                [09:22.26]It's the parents as well.

                [09:24.52]For the more we cultivate little-adults

                [09:26.63]in kids' bodies,

                [09:27.96]the more removed

                [09:29.49]we ourselves become

                [09:31.03]from our own child-like qualities,

                [09:34.10]and there is so much about being a child

                [09:37.34]that is worth retaining

                [09:38.19]in adult life.

                [09:41.70]Love.

                [09:43.34]Ladies and gentlemen,

                [09:45.05]love is the human family's

                [09:47.53]most precious legacy,

                [09:49.88]its richest bequest,

                [09:51.63]its golden inheritance.

                [09:53.94]And it is a treasure

                [09:55.41]that is handed down

                [09:56.35]from one generation to the other.

                [09:58.75]Previous ages may not have had

                [10:01.21]the wealth we enjoy.

                [10:03.11]Their houses may have lacked electricity,

                [10:05.51]and they squeezed their many kids

                [10:07.34]into small homes without central heating.

                [10:10.20]But those homes had no darkness,

                [10:12.21]nor were they cold.

                [10:14.46]They were lit bright

                [10:15.97]with the glow of love

                [10:17.79]and they were warmed snugly

                [10:19.22]by the very heat of the human heart.

                [10:21.47]Parents,

                [10:22.34]undistracted by the lust

                [10:24.16]for luxury and status,

                [10:25.90]accorded their children primacy

                [10:27.78] in their lives.

                [10:29.44]As you all know,

                [10:32.01]our two countries

                [10:34.87]broke from each other

                [10:35.96]over what Thomas Jefferson referred to as

                [10:37.93]"certain inalienable rights".

                [10:41.49]While we Americans and British

                [10:43.22]might dispute the justice of his claims,

                [10:46.60]what has never been in dispute

                [10:48.55]is that children have certain obvious rights,

                [10:52.28]and the gradual erosion of those rights

                [10:55.02]has led to scores of children worldwide

                [10:58.49]being denied the joys

                [11:00.16]and security of childhood.

                [11:03.35]I would therefore like to propose tonight

                [11:06.39]that we install in every home

                [11:09.00]a Children's Universal Bill of Rights,

                [11:12.80]the tenets of which are:

                [11:14.63]The right to be loved

                [11:18.97]without having to earn it.

                [11:20.44]The right to be protected,

                [11:22.97]without having to deserve it.

                [11:26.35]The right to feel valuable,

                [11:29.00]even if you came into the world with nothing.

                [11:32.70]The right to be listened to

                [11:34.60]without having to be interesting.

                [11:38.20]The right to be read a bedtime story

                [11:41.35]without having to compete

                [11:43.40]with the evening news or Eastenders.

                [11:51.93]The right to an education

                [11:55.51]without having to dodge bullets at schools.

                [11:59.40]The right to be thought of as adorable

                [12:05.49]even if you have a face

                [12:07.26]that only a mother could love.

                [12:13.14]Friends

                [12:14.72]the foundation of all human knowledge,

                [12:16.68]the beginning of human consciousness,

                [12:18.61]must be that each

                [12:20.46]and every one of us is an object of love.

                [12:23.47]Before you know

                [12:24.42] if you have red hair or brown,

                [12:28.39]before you know

                [12:29.39]if you are black or white,

                [12:30.90]before you know

                [12:31.52]of what religion you are a part of,

                [12:33.80]you have to know

                [12:34.51]that you are loved.

                [12:38.00]About twelve years ago,

                [12:39.94]when I was just about

                [12:41.01]to start my Bad tour,

                [12:42.85]a little boy came with his parents

                [12:45.09]to visit me at my California home.

                [12:47.36]He was dying of cancer

                [12:49.64]and he told me how much he loved

                [12:51.30]me and my music.

                [12:53.35]His parents told me

                [12:54.82]that he wasn't going to live,

                [12:56.96]that any day he could just go,

                [12:59.24]and I said to him:

                [13:01.07]"Look, I am going to be

                [13:00.89]coming to your hometown in Kansas

                [13:03.79]to start my tour in three months.

                [13:06.77]I want you to come to the show.

                [13:08.64]I am going to give you this jacket

                [13:10.31]that I wore in one of my videos.

                [13:12.66]His eyes lit up

                [13:14.06]and he said,

                [13:14.72]"You are gonna give me the jacket?"

                [13:15.85]I said, "Yeah, I'm going to give you the jacket,

                [13:17.82]but you have to promise me

                [13:19.71]that you will wear it to the show."

                [13:22.12]I was trying to make him hold on.

                [13:24.65]I said, "When you come to the show

                [13:26.62]I want to see you in this jacket

                [13:28.49]and in this glove",

                [13:29.81]and I gave him one of my rhinestone gloves,

                [13:31.14]which I never give to anyone.

                [13:34.43]And he was just in heaven.

                [13:37.64]But maybe he was too close to heaven,

                [13:40.23]because when I came to his town,

                [13:41.90]he had already died,

                [13:44.87]and they had buried him

                [13:46.95]in the glove and jacket.

                [13:50.50]He was just 10 years old.

                [13:53.36]God knows,

                [13:54.17]and I know,

                [13:55.53]that he tried his best to hold on.

                [14:02.48]But at least when he died,

                [14:04.88]he knew that he was loved,

                [14:06.30]not only by his parents,

                [14:07.93]but even by me.

                [14:09.09]As a near stranger,

                [14:10.51]I also loved him.

                [14:12.43]And with all of that love

                [14:15.82]he knew that

                [14:16.43]he didn't come into this world alone,

                [14:18.60]and he certainly didn't leave it alone.

                [14:21.58]If you enter this world

                [14:23.18]knowing you are loved

                [14:24.85]and you leave this world knowing the same,

                [14:27.36]then everything that happens in between

                [14:29.40]can he dealt with.

                [14:32.32]A professor may degrade you,

                [14:34.58]but you will not feel degraded;

                [14:36.48]a boss may crush you,

                [14:38.63]but you will not be crushed;

                [14:40.33]a corporate gladiator might vanquish you,

                [14:43.00]but you will still triumph.

                [14:45.33]How could any of them truly prevail

                [14:47.97]in pulling you down?

                [14:49.96]For you know

                [14:50.64]that you are an object worthy of love.

                [14:53.85]The rest is just packaging.

                [14:56.76]But if you don't have

                [14:57.74]that memory of being loved,

                [14:59.26]you are condemned

                [15:00.66]to search the world for something

                [15:02.00]to fill you up.

                [15:03.49]But no matter how much money you make

                [15:05.59]or how famous you become,

                [15:07.51]you will still feel empty.

                [15:09.57]What you are really searching for

                [15:10.95]is unconditional love,

                [15:14.11]unqualified acceptance.

                [15:18.03]And that was the one thing

                [15:19.29]that was denied to you at birth.

                [15:22.20]Friends,

                [15:23.08]let me paint a picture for you.

                [15:27.61]Here is a typical day in America

                [15:30.16]six youths

                [15:31.07]under the age of 20

                [15:32.89]will commit suicide,

                [15:35.25]12 children under the age of 20

                [15:38.29]will die from firearms

                [15:40.82]remember this is a DAY,

                [15:42.44]not a year

                [15:44.26]399 kids will be arrested for drug abuse

                [15:48.60]1,352 babies

                [15:51.20]will be born to teen mothers.

                [15:53.72]This is happening in

                [15:54.20]one of the richest,

                [15:55.59]most developed countries

                [15:56.75]in the history of the world.

                [15:59.53]Yes, in my country

                [16:01.29]there is an epidemic of violence

                [16:03.45]that parallels no other industrialized nation.

                [16:06.59]These are the ways young people

                [16:09.04]in America express their hurt

                [16:11.36]and their anger.

                [16:13.28]But don't think

                [16:14.37]that there is not the same pain

                [16:15.59]and anguish among their counterparts

                [16:17.83]in the United Kingdom.

                [16:20.05]Studies in this country show

                [16:22.30]that every single hour,

                [16:24.36]three teenagers in the UK

                [16:26.26]inflict harm upon themselves,

                [16:28.73]often by cutting or burning themselves

                [16:31.29]burning their bodies

                [16:32.40]or taking an overdose.

                [16:34.58]This is how they have chosen

                [16:36.12]to cope with the pain of neglect

                [16:38.06]and emotional agony.

                [16:40.11]In Britain,

                [16:41.24]as many as 20% of families

                [16:43.72]will only sit down

                [16:45.29]and have dinner together once a year.

                [16:46.96]Once a year!

                [16:50.24]And what about the time-honored tradition

                [16:52.37]of reading your kid a bedtime story?

                [16:55.64]Research from the 1980s showed

                [16:57.64]that children who are read to,

                [16:59.51]had far greater literacy and significantly

                [17:01.18]outperformed their peers at school.

                [17:04.94]And yet, less than 33% of British children

                [17:08.41]ages two to eight

                [17:10.32]have a regular bedtime story read to them.

                [17:14.57]You may not think much of that

                [17:16.04]until you take into account

                [17:17.77]that 75% of their parents

                [17:21.27]DID have that bedtime story

                [17:24.05]when they were that age.

                [17:28.27]Clearly, we do not have to ask ourselves

                [17:31.58]where all of this pain,

                [17:32.64]anger andviolent behavior

                [17:35.50]comes from.

                [17:36.70]It is self-evident

                [17:37.31]that children are thundering

                [17:38.79]against the neglect,

                [17:39.64]quaking against the indifference

                [17:41.69]and crying out

                [17:42.87]just to be noticed.

                [17:45.11]The various child protection agencies

                [17:47.54]in the US say that

                [17:49.11]millions of children

                [17:50.42]are victims of maltreatment

                [17:52.69]in the form of neglect,

                [17:54.68]in the average year.

                [17:56.44]Yes, neglect.

                [17:58.47]In rich homes,

                [17:59.94]privileged homes,

                [18:01.53]wired to the hilt

                [18:02.96]with every electronic gadget.

                [18:04.78]Homes where parents come home,

                [18:06.50]but they're not really home,

                [18:08.31]because their heads

                [18:08.91]are still at the office.

                [18:11.28]And their kids?

                [18:13.07]Well, their kids

                [18:14.46]just make do

                [18:15.18]with whatever emotional

                [18:16.58]crumbs they get.

                [18:17.99]And you don't get much from endless TV,

                [18:22.42]computer games and videos.

                [18:23.84]These hard,

                [18:24.77]cold numbers

                [18:25.55]which for me,

                [18:26.36]wrench the soul

                [18:27.34]and shake the spirit,

                [18:29.01]should indicate to you

                [18:30.77]why I have devoted so much

                [18:34.01]of my time and resources

                [18:35.34]into making our new

                [18:37.09]Heal the Kids initiative

                [18:39.52]a colossal success.

                [18:43.29]Our goal is simple

                [18:45.17]to recreate the parent-child bond,

                [18:49.88]to renew its promise

                [18:51.81]and light the way forward

                [18:53.23]for all the beautiful children

                [18:55.17]who are destined one day

                [18:56.71]to walk this earth.

                [18:58.78]But since this is my first public lecture,

                [19:01.28]and you have so warmly welcomed me

                [19:03.47]into your hearts,

                [19:04.65]I feel that I want to tell you more.

                [19:07.43]We each have our own story,

                [19:09.78]and in that sense statistics

                [19:12.69]can become personal.

                [19:17.04]They say that parenting

                [19:18.31]is like dancing.

                [19:19.37]You take one step,

                [19:20.51]your child takes another.

                [19:22.53]I have discovered

                [19:23.36]that getting parents

                [19:24.95]to re-dedicate themselves

                [19:26.18]to their children

                [19:27.26]is only half the story.

                [19:29.18]The other half is

                [19:30.40]preparing the children

                [19:31.24]to re-accept their parents.

                [19:33.97]When I was very young

                [19:35.78]I remember that we had this crazy mutt

                [19:38.17]I remember we had this crazy dog,

                [19:39.84]it was a mutt dog

                [19:40.90]named "Black Girl,"

                [19:42.94]she was a mix of wolf and retriever.

                [19:45.87]Not only wasn't she much of a guard dog,

                [19:48.28]she was such a scared

                [19:49.44]and nervous thing

                [19:50.30]that it is a wonder she did not pass out

                [19:52.34]every time a truck rumbled by,

                [19:54.63]or a thunderstorm swept through Indiana.

                [19:58.14]My sister Janet and I

                [19:59.98]gave that dog so much love,

                [20:02.53]but we never really won back

                [20:03.76]the sense of trust

                [20:05.34]that had been stolen

                [20:06.47]by her previous owner.

                [20:08.67]We knew he used to beat her.

                [20:11.10]We didn't know with what.

                [20:13.04]But whatever it was,

                [20:14.82]it was enough to suck the spirit

                [20:16.51]right out of that dog.

                [20:18.83]A lot of kids today

                [20:20.17]are hurt puppies

                [20:22.89]who have weaned themselves

                [20:24.28]off the need for love.

                [20:27.18]They couldn't care less

                [20:28.69]about their parents.

                [20:30.08]Left to their own devices,

                [20:31.70]they cherish their independence.

                [20:34.05]They have moved on their life

                [20:35.68]and have left their parents behind.

                [20:38.05]Then there are the far worse cases

                [20:40.74]of children who harbor animosity

                [20:43.07]and resentment

                [20:44.23]toward their parents,

                [20:45.70]so that any overture

                [20:47.27]that their parents might undertake

                [20:49.06]would be thrown forcefully

                [20:50.88]back in their face.

                [20:52.05]Tonight,

                [20:52.93]I don't want any of us

                [20:54.52]to make this mistake.

                [20:56.07]That's why I'm calling upon

                [20:57.54]all the world's children

                [20:59.80]beginning with all of us here tonight

                [21:03.13]to forgive our parents,

                [21:05.56]if we felt neglected,

                [21:07.12]FORGIVE.

                [21:08.30]Forgive them

                [21:09.15]and teach them

                [21:10.04]how to love again.

                [21:13.45]You probably weren't surprised

                [21:14.78]to hear

                [21:15.64]that I did not have an idyllic childhood.

                [21:18.39]The strain and tension

                [21:20.28]that exists in my relationship

                [21:21.65]with my own father

                [21:23.37]is well documented.

                [21:25.61]My father is a tough man

                [21:28.12]and he pushed my brothers

                [21:29.58]and me hard,

                [21:30.61]really hard

                [21:31.59]from the earliest age,

                [21:32.96]for the best

                [21:34.13]he wanted us to be the best performers

                [21:36.42]we could possibly be.

                [21:38.50]He had great difficulty showing affection.

                [21:41.89]He never really told me he loved me.

                [21:44.31]And he never really complimented me either.

                [21:46.89]If I did a great show,

                [21:48.61]he would tell me it was a good show.

                [21:50.93]And if I did an OK show,

                [21:58.49]he would say nothing.

                [22:04.51]He seemed intent,

                [22:06.35]above all else,

                [22:08.35]I need a tissue, I'm sorry

                [22:12.39]He seemed intent

                [22:28.12]excuse me

                [22:33.05]He seemed intent,

                [22:36.39]above all else,

                [22:38.41]on making us a commercial success.

                [22:41.70]At that he was more than adept.

                [22:44.98]My father was a managerial genius

                [22:47.97]and my brothers and I

                [22:50.10]owe our professional success,

                [22:52.12]in no small measure,

                [22:53.65]to the forceful way

                [22:54.77]that he pushed us.

                [22:56.76]He trained me as a showman

                [22:58.64]and under his guidance

                [22:59.86]I couldn't miss a step.

                [23:02.56]But what I really wanted was a Dad.

                [23:05.20]I wanted a father

                [23:07.08]who showed me love.

                [23:09.01]And my father never did that.

                [23:11.43]He never said I love you

                [23:12.85]while looking me straight in the eye.

                [23:14.97]He never played a game with me.

                [23:16.94]He never gave me a piggyback ride,

                [23:19.26]he never threw a pillow at me,

                [23:21.52]or a water balloon.

                [23:23.74]But I remember

                [23:25.16]once when I was about four years old,

                [23:28.00]there was a little carnival

                [23:29.67]and he picked me up

                [23:31.95]and put me on a pony.

                [23:33.72]It was a tiny gesture,

                [23:36.40]probably something

                [23:37.06]he forgot five minutes later.

                [23:39.25]But because of that one moment

                [23:42.11]I have this special place

                [23:43.74]in my heart for him.

                [23:45.36]Because that's how kids are,

                [23:47.29]the little things mean so much.

                [23:53.17]They mean so much.

                [23:56.11]For me, that one moment

                [23:57.32]meant everything.

                [23:58.90]I only experienced it one time,

                [24:01.18]but that one time made me

                [24:02.75]feel really good,

                [24:04.27]about him

                [24:05.49]and about the world.

                [24:08.16]But now I am a father myself,

                [24:14.33]and one day

                [24:16.54]I was thinking about my own children,

                [24:18.71]Prince and Paris

                [24:21.14]and how I wanted them to think of me

                [24:23.01]when they grow up.

                [24:24.30]To be sure,

                [24:25.62]I would like them to remember

                [24:26.91]how I always wanted them with me

                [24:29.45]wherever I went,

                [24:31.08]how I always tried to put them

                [24:32.39]before everything else.

                [24:34.46]But there are also challenges

                [24:35.99]in their lives.

                [24:36.86]Because my kids

                [24:37.67]are stalked by paparazzi ,

                [24:39.95]they can't always go to a park

                [24:41.77]or to a movie with me.

                [24:44.19]So what if they resent me

                [24:47.20]when they grow older,

                [24:48.70]and what if they resent

                [24:49.62]how my choices impacted their youth?

                [24:51.80]Why weren't we given an average childhood

                [24:55.24]like all the other kids,

                [24:56.35]they might ask?

                [24:57.66]And at that moment

                [24:58.67]I pray that my children

                [24:59.94]will give me the benefit of the doubt.

                [25:01.92]That they will say to themselves:

                [25:03.89]Our daddy did the best he could,

                [25:06.77]given the unique circumstances

                [25:08.55]that he faced.

                [25:10.53]He may not have been perfect,

                [25:12.35]but he was a warm and decent man,

                [25:14.66]who tried to give us

                [25:15.29]all the love in the world.

                [25:17.51]I hope that they will always focus

                [25:18.98]on the positive things,

                [25:20.56]on the saCRIfices

                [25:22.17]I willingly made for them,

                [25:23.95]and not CRIticise the things

                [25:25.51]they had to give up,

                [25:27.23]or the errors I've made,

                [25:28.84]and will certainly continue to make,

                [25:30.79]in raising them.

                [25:32.35]For we have all been someone's child,

                [25:34.58]and we know that

                [25:36.05]despite the very best of plans and efforts,

                [25:37.94]mistakes will always occur.

                [25:40.03]That's just being human.

                [25:41.74]And when I think about this,

                [25:43.17]of how I hope that my children

                [25:45.60]will not judge me unkindly,

                [25:47.93]and will forgive me,

                [25:49.19]forgive my shortcomings,

                [25:51.07]I am forced to think of my own father

                [25:53.51]and despite my earlier denials,

                [25:55.94]I am forced to admit

                [25:58.92]that he must have loved me.

                [26:01.70]He did love me,

                [26:04.28]and I know that.

                [26:06.25]There were little things

                [26:07.52]that showed it.

                [26:08.93]When I was a kid

                [26:10.36]I had a real sweet tooth

                [26:13.38]we all did.

                [26:15.61]My father

                [26:21.04]he did try.

                [26:23.77]But my favorite food

                [26:26.09]to satisfy my sweet tooth

                [26:27.92]was glazed doughnuts

                [26:31.79]and my father knew that.

                [26:33.35]So every few weeks

                [26:34.57]I would come downstairs in the morning

                [26:36.35]and there on the kitchen counter

                [26:37.93]was a bag of glazed doughnuts

                [26:39.81]no note, no explanation

                [26:41.84]just the doughnuts.

                [26:43.71]It was like Santa Claus.

                [26:45.32]Sometimes I would think

                [26:46.69]about staying up late at night,

                [26:48.52]so I could see him leave them there,

                [26:50.34]but just like with Santa Claus,

                [26:52.48]I didn't want to ruin the magic

                [26:54.82]for fear that he would never do it again.

                [26:58.11]My father had to leave them secretly

                [27:00.13]at night,

                [27:01.47]so as no one might catch him

                [27:03.30]with his guard down.

                [27:04.91]He was scared of human emotion,

                [27:06.93]he didn't understand it

                [27:09.11]or know how to deal with it.

                [27:10.83]But he did know doughnuts.

                [27:16.91]And when I allow the floodgates

                [27:17.86]to open up,

                [27:19.14]there are other memories

                [27:20.56]that come rushing back,

                [27:22.12]memories of other tiny gestures,

                [27:24.04]however imperfect,

                [27:28.25]what he could.

                [27:29.51]So tonight,

                [27:30.42]rather than focusing on

                [27:31.45]what my father did not do,

                [27:32.25]I want to focus on

                [27:33.22]all the things he did do

                [27:34.55]and on his own personal challenges.

                [27:36.62]I want to stop judging him.

                [27:38.29]I have started reflecting on the fact

                [27:41.37]that my father grew up in the South,

                [27:46.24]in a very poor family.

                [27:47.90]He came of age

                [27:48.81]during the Depression

                [27:50.22]and his own father,

                [27:51.33]who struggled to feed his children,

                [27:53.16]showed little affection

                [27:54.58]towards his family

                [27:56.10]and raised him.

                [27:57.47]He raised my father

                [27:59.62]and his siblings with an iron fist.

                [28:02.81]Who could have imagined

                [28:03.99]what it was like to grow up

                [28:05.15]a poor black man in the South,

                [28:07.39]robbed of dignity,

                [28:08.86]bereft of hope,

                [28:10.90]struggling to become a man

                [28:12.27]in a world that saw my father

                [28:14.19]as subordinate.

                [28:16.06]I was the first black artist

                [28:20.36]to be played on MTV

                [28:23.55]and I remember how big a deal it was

                [28:25.56]even then.

                [28:26.84]And that was in the 1980s!

                [28:31.34]My father moved to Indiana

                [28:33.26]and had a large family of his own,

                [28:35.59]working long hours

                [28:36.61]in the steel mills,

                [28:37.77]work that kills the lungs

                [28:39.29]and humbles the spirit,

                [28:41.13]all to support his family.

                [28:44.72]Is it any wonder

                [28:46.04]that he found it difficult

                [28:47.22]to expose his feelings?

                [28:49.09]Is it any mystery

                [28:50.36]that he hardened his heart,

                [28:52.20]that he raised the emotional ramparts?

                [28:55.28]And most of all,

                [28:56.97]is it any wonder

                [28:58.28]why he pushed his sons

                [28:59.69]so hard to succeed as performers

                [29:03.03]so that they could be saved

                [29:04.26]from what he knew

                [29:05.57]to be a life of indignity and poverty

                [29:10.57]I have begun to see

                [29:11.63]that even my father's harshness

                [29:13.36]was a kind of love,

                [29:15.33]an imperfect love,

                [29:16.49]to be sure,

                [29:17.60]but love nonetheless.

                [29:19.39]He pushed me because he loved me.

                [29:24.24]Because he wanted no man

                [29:26.33]ever to look down at his offspring.

                [29:29.51]And now

                [29:30.38]with time,

                [29:31.04]rather than bitterness,

                [29:32.45]I feel blessing.

                [29:34.73]In the place of anger,

                [29:36.27]I have found absolution.

                [29:38.14]And in the place of revenge

                [29:39.61] I have found reconciliation.

                [29:41.73]And my initial fury

                [29:43.86]has slowly given way to forgiveness.

                [29:45.99]Almost a decade ago,

                [29:47.75]I founded a children's charity

                [29:49.77]called Heal the World.

                [29:51.66]The title was something

                [29:52.79]I felt inside me.

                [29:54.51]Little did I know,

                [29:55.53]as Shmuley later pointed out,

                [29:57.10]that those two words

                [29:58.56]form the cornerstone

                [30:00.13]of Old Testament prophecy.

                [30:02.45]Do I really believe

                [30:03.57]that we can heal this world,

                [30:05.31]that is riddled with war and genocide,

                [30:08.29]even today?

                [30:11.02]And do I really think

                [30:12.49]that we can heal our children,

                [30:13.95]the same children

                [30:14.87]who as the papers reported

                [30:16.24]this morning,

                [30:18.11]can walk into a high school

                [30:20.85]in San Diego

                [30:22.16]and shoot down two beautiful students,

                [30:25.04]just at the beginning of their lives?

                [30:29.18]A horrifying reminder of the guns

                [30:31.61]and hatred that shot

                [30:33.08]through Columbine

                [30:34.40]almost two years ago.

                [30:36.94]Or children can beat

                [30:39.78]a defenseless toddler to death,

                [30:41.61]like the tragic story

                [30:44.25]of Jamie Bulger?

                [30:46.57]Of course I do.

                [30:48.09]Of course I do,

                [30:50.01]or I wouldn't be here tonight.

                [30:52.09]But it all begins with forgiveness,

                [30:54.83]because to heal the world,

                [30:56.05]we first have to heal ourselves.

                [30:58.93]And to heal the kids,

                [31:00.30]we first have to heal the child within,

                [31:03.13]each and every one of us.

                [31:05.40]As an adult,

                [31:07.58]and as a parent,

                [31:08.90]I realize that I cannot be

                [31:10.37]a whole human being,

                [31:12.03]nor a parent capable

                [31:13.46]of unconditional love,

                [31:14.83]until I put to rest the

                [31:17.91]ghosts of my own childhood.

                [31:21.05]And that's what I'm asking all of us

                [31:23.83]to do tonight.

                [31:24.79]Live up to the fifth of the Ten Commandments,

                [31:27.47]Honor your parents by not judging them.

                [31:30.57]Give them the benefit of the doubt.

                [31:33.45]That is why I want to

                [31:35.47]forgive my father

                [31:36.78]and to stop judging him.

                [31:38.37]I want to forgive my father,

                [31:40.09]because I want a father,

                [31:42.77]and this is the only one that I've got.

                [31:46.41]I want the weight of my past

                [31:48.07]lifted from my shoulders

                [31:49.85]and I want to be free

                [31:51.61]to step into a new relationship

                [31:53.15]with my father,

                [31:54.42]for the rest of my life,

                [31:56.25]unhindered by the goblins of the past.

                [31:59.59]In a world filled with hate,

                [32:01.86]we must still dare to hope.

                [32:04.85]Keep hope alive.

                [32:06.83]In a world filled with anger,

                [32:08.71]we must still dare to comfort.

                [32:12.46]In a world filled with despair,

                [32:14.48]we must still dare to dream.

                [32:17.11]And in a world filled with distrust,

                [32:19.13]we must still dare to believe.

                [32:22.57]To all of you tonight

                [32:24.33]who feel let down by your parents,

                [32:26.72]I ask you to let down your disappointment.

                [32:31.37]To all of you tonight

                [32:33.10]who feel cheated

                [32:34.57]by your fathers or mothers,

                [32:36.79]I ask you not to cheat yourself further.

                [32:40.18]And to all of you

                [32:41.39]who wish to push your parents away,

                [32:43.20]I ask you to extend your hand

                [32:45.23]to them instead.

                [32:47.91]I am asking you,

                [32:49.63]I am asking myself,

                [32:51.45]to give our parents

                [32:54.28]the gift of unconditional love,

                [32:55.43]so that they too may learn

                [32:57.24]how to love from us,

                [32:59.02]their children.

                [33:00.63]So that love will finally

                [33:02.00]be restored to a desolate

                [33:03.87]and lonely world.

                [33:07.35]Shmuley once mentioned

                [33:09.12]to me an ancient Biblical prophecy

                [33:12.86]which says

                [33:13.98]that a new world

                [33:15.56]and a new time would come,

                [33:17.32]when "the hearts of the parents

                [33:18.81]would be restored

                [33:20.01]through the hearts

                [33:20.93]of their children".

                [33:22.45]My friends,

                [33:23.81]we are that world,

                [33:26.40]we are those children.

                [33:29.33]Mahatma Gandhi said,

                [33:32.01]The weak can never forgive.

                [33:35.20]Forgiveness is the attribute of the strong.

                [33:39.24]Tonight, be strong.

                [33:41.05]Beyond being strong,

                [33:42.98]rise to the greatest challenge of all

                [33:44.55]to restore that broken covenant.

                [33:47.98]We must all overcome

                [33:49.51]whatever crippling effects

                [33:51.02]our childhoods may

                [33:52.15]have had on our lives

                [33:53.66]and in the words of Jesse Jackson,

                [33:55.49]forgive each other,

                [33:57.16]redeem each other

                [33:58.72]and move on.

                [34:01.63]This call for forgiveness

                [34:03.75]may not result in Oprah moments

                [34:06.53]the world over,

                [34:07.69]with thousands of children

                [34:08.75]making up with their parents,

                [34:10.53]but it will at least be a start,

                [34:13.77]We'll all be so much happier

                [34:15.54]as a result.

                [34:17.11]And so ladies and gentlemen,

                [34:19.43]I conclude my remarks tonight

                [34:21.30]with faith,

                [34:23.59]with joy

                [34:25.21]and excitement.

                [34:27.48]From this day forward,

                [34:29.41]let a new song be heard.

                [34:31.74]Let that new song

                [34:32.35]be the sound of children laughing.

                [34:35.45]Let that new song be the sound

                [34:37.12]of children playing.

                [34:39.24]Let that new song

                [34:40.45]be the sound of children singing.

                [34:43.13]And let that new song

                [34:45.46]be the sound of parents listening.

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