2018-04-12

李繩武點出爺爺李光耀盲點

早前分享了半島電視台新加坡專輯中訪問李繩武的一段話

我說這位李光耀孫子,既批評他的爺爺,也不無暗指叔叔現任總理李顯龍的不是(或在試圖延續皇朝到第三代),厲害!


貼後才知,原來半島電視台有上傳李繩武訪問的完整筆錄。電視專輯內李繩武說的那段話,有拼湊訪問中的另一段,而關於高估孩子能力的那段,也有刪減。整體而言,這樣剪接並沒有扭曲李繩武的意思。不過,我覺得意譯他這段話的完整版,並加入丁點上文下理也不無幫助:

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李繩武談到祖父有個願景,就是新加坡政府往後要靠自身能力治國,不能不斷通過“政治供奉”他來維繫認受性。記者續問,李光耀這個願景,跟他讓兒子踏足政治有矛盾嗎?李繩武這樣回答:

I think a lot of parents have blind spots for their children. Every parent wants to believe that their child is very special. And especially to be trusted. And if you had something that you cared a lot about, it is not unreasonable for you to believe - truly or falsely - that your child might be a good caretaker of that. This is something that happens in a lot of businesses, right? There are a lot of family businesses that keep being family businesses long after they should have become publicly listed companies.

I'm not sure why my grandfather chose his own son and was willing to have his own son go into politics and be prime minister. But all I can say is that ... if there's one person in the world you're going to overestimate, it's your own child. And so this is not an inhuman error.

(意譯) 我想,很多父母對他們的孩子都有盲點。每個父母都希望相信自己的孩子很特別,也很可信賴。當你對某事情非常關切,那你可能會認為,你的孩子會是個好的看守者。這在很多企業經常出現,對不對?很多家族企業,即使過了成為上市公司的好時機,還在維持家族經營。

我不清楚祖父為何選擇他的兒子,要他踏足政治並成為總理,我只能說,若世人總不免會高估某個人的能力,那個人就是你的孩子。所以,這不算是常人不會犯的錯誤吧。

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其他人不敢講或不願講的李光耀批評話,現在竟由他的孫子來講。李光耀無疑是20世紀政治巨人,但他有他的盲點,而這盲點,成了他一生功過表上的一大污點。