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Train of thought: London Underground gets philosophical 倫敦地鐵雋語列車為乘客帶來哲思

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Drivers on London Underground trains have started reading out quotes from thinkers like Jean-Paul Sartre and Mahatma Gandhi in a bid to bring a ray of sunshine into the lives of passengers, officials said last week.

As well as the usual announcements urging passengers to “mind the gap” and warning of delays, Piccadilly Line drivers are now also quoting philosophy over the public announcement system in a move broadly welcomed by passengers.

The quotes include “Everyone should be respected, but no-one idolized,” (Albert Einstein), “An ounce of action is worth a ton of theory,” (Friedrich Engels) and “Nothing is worth more than this day,” (Johann von Goethe).

They come from a book of quotations compiled by artist Jeremy Deller which has been given to drivers as part of an initiative to promote art on the London Underground, also known as the Tube.

Poems are already regularly posted up inside Tube carriages in space usually used for advertisements.

Transport for London, which runs the Tube, said in a statement it hoped the move would “lift the moods of those travelling on the Piccadilly Line”.

Deller, though, highlighted the importance of drivers using appropriate quotes at appropriate times.

For example, if a train was stuck in a tunnel, “there’s one that probably isn’t good, it’s by Jean-Paul Sartre, which is ‘Hell is other people’,” Deller told the BBC.

“But I suspect one by Gandhi would be great, which is ‘There’s more to life than increasing its speed’, which I think might calm people down slightly.

(AFP)

倫敦地下鐵公司人員上週表示,地鐵駕駛已開始朗讀尚保羅.沙特和甘地等思想家的名言,希望藉此帶給乘客一線曙光。

除了提醒乘客「注意月台空隙」和誤點的例行性廣播之外,皮卡迪利線的駕駛現在也透過廣播系統朗讀哲學雋語,這項服務一推出就受到乘客熱烈迴響。

這些雋語包括「每個人都應被尊重,但不應被崇拜」(亞伯.愛因斯坦)、「一盎司行動勝過一噸的理論」(佛德瑞克.恩格斯),以及「今朝最可貴」(歌德)。

交給地鐵駕駛朗讀的這些雋語出自藝術家傑若米.戴勒匯編的一本名言佳句錄,這項服務是倫敦地下鐵提倡人文藝術的首波行動之一。

地鐵車廂內原先刊登廣告的區塊已定期刊登詩句。

倫敦地下鐵的主管機關倫敦交通局在一份聲明稿中表示,他們希望此舉能「振奮皮卡迪利線乘客的心情」。

然而,戴勒卻強調駕駛在適當時機朗讀恰當佳句的重要性。

戴勒對英國廣播公司表示,例如一輛列車因故停滯在隧道中時,「可能就不太適合朗讀尚保羅.沙特的『地獄即他人』這句話。」

「但我認為此刻挺適合讀甘地的『衝刺並不是人生的全部』,我覺得這句話或許可以讓人稍微冷靜下來。」(法新社╱翻譯:袁星塵)

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