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  Apple CEO Tim Cook gave a commencement speech to new graduates of Duke University on Sunday.
  He says that despite major issues like inequality, climate change, and political division, technology has made this 'the best time in history to be alive.'
  Cook also encouraged Duke grads to be 'fearless,' like the women of the MeToo movement or the survivors1 of the Parkland school shooting.
  蘋果CEO蒂姆·庫克(Tim Cook)周末在杜克大學的畢業典禮上發表演講。他在演講中鼓勵杜克大學畢業生無所畏懼;關于數據隱私策略,他表示蘋果采取了與其他科技公司不同的做法。
  Hello, Blue Devils! It’s great to be back.
  It’s an honor to stand before you—both as your commencement speaker and a fellow Duke graduate.
  I earned my degree from the Fuqua School in 1988. In preparing for this speech, I reached out to one of my favorite professors from back then. Bob Reinheimer taught a great course in Management Communications, which included sharpening your public speaking skills.
  我在1988年獲得了福庫商學院的學位。在準備這次演講的時候,我與當時最喜歡的一位教授取得了聯系。他的名字叫做鮑勃-雷寧海默(Bob Reinheimer),負責“管理交流”課程的教學,這門課程可以提高你們的演講技巧。
  We hadn’t spoken for decades, so I was thrilled when he told me: he remembered a particularly gifted public speaker who took his class in the 1980s…With a bright mind and a charming personality!
  He said he knew—way back then—this person was destined3 for greatness.
  You can imagine how this made me feel. Professor Reinheimer had an eye for talent. And, if I do say so, I think his instincts were right…
  Melinda Gates has really made her mark on the world. I’m grateful to Bob, Dean Boulding, and all of my Duke professors. Their teachings have stayed with me throughout my career.
  梅琳達-蓋茨(Melinda Gates,比爾蓋茨夫人)之前也來過這里演講,我很感激鮑勃、迪安-博爾丁(Dean Boulding)和所有教過我的杜克大學教授。在我的職業生涯中,他們的諄諄教導一直陪伴著我。
  I want to thank President Price, the Duke Faculty4, and my fellow members of the Board of Trustees for the honor of speaking with you today. I’d also like to recognize this year’s honorary degree recipients5.
  And most of all, congratulations to the class of 2018!
  No graduate gets to this moment alone. I want to acknowledge your parents, grandparents and friends here cheering you on, just as they have every step of the way. Let’s give them our thanks.
  Today especially, I remember my mother, who watched me graduate from Duke. I wouldn’t have been there that day—or made it here today—without her support.
  Let’s give our special thanks to all the mothers here today, on Mother’s Day.
  I have wonderful memories here. Studying—and not studying—with people I still count as friends to this day. Cheering at Cameron for every victory. Cheering even louder when that victory is over Carolina.
  Look back over your shoulder fondly and say goodbye to act one of your life. And then quickly look forward. Act two begins today. It’s your turn to reach out and take the baton6.
  You enter the world at a time of great challenge.
  Our country is deeply divided—and too many Americans refuse to hear any opinion that differs from their own.
  Our planet is warming with devastating7 consequences—and there are some who deny it’s even happening.
  Our schools and communities suffer from deep inequality—we fail to guarantee every student the right to a good education.
  And yet we are not powerless in the face of these problems. You are not powerless to fix them.
  No generation has ever held more power than yours. And no generation has been able to make change happen faster than yours can. The pace at which progress is possible has accelerated dramatically. Aided by technology, every individual has the tools, potential, and reach to build a better world.
  That makes this the best time in history to be alive. Whatever you choose to do with your life…Wherever your passion takes you.
  I urge you to take the power you have been given and use it for good. Aspire8 to leave this world better than you found it.
  I didn’t always see life as clearly as I do now. But I’ve learned the greatest challenge of life is knowing when to break with conventional wisdom.
  Don’t just accept the world you inherit today.Don’t just accept the status quo.
  No big challenge has ever been solved, and no lasting9 improvement has ever been achieved, unless people dare to try something different. Dare to think different.
  沒有無法突破的挑戰、沒有永遠不會進步的人,大家要敢于嘗試不同的東西,要敢于“非同凡想”(Think Different)。
  I was lucky to learn from someone who believed this deeply. Someone who knew that changing the world starts with “following a vision, not a path.” He was my friend and mentor10, Steve Jobs.
  Steve’s vision was that great ideas come from a restless refusal to accept things as they are. And those principles still guide us at Apple today.
  We reject the notion that global warming is inevitable11. That’s why we run Apple on 100% renewable energy.
  We reject the excuse that getting the most out of technology means trading away your right to privacy. So we choose a different path: Collecting as little of your data as possible. Being thoughtful and respectful when it’s in our care. Because we know it belongs to you.
  In every way, at every turn, the question we ask ourselves is not ‘what can we do’ but ‘what should we do’.
  Because Steve taught us that’s how change happens. And from him I learned to never be content with things as they are.
  I believe this mindset comes naturally to young people…and you should never let go of that restlessness.
  So today’s ceremony isn’t just about presenting you with a degree, it’s about presenting you with a question.
  How will you challenge the status quo? How will you push the world forward?
  Fifty years ago today—May 13th, 1968—Robert Kennedy was campaigning in Nebraska, and spoke2 to a group of students who were wrestling with that same question.
  50年前的今天,1968年5月13日,羅伯特.肯尼迪(Robert Kennedy)在內斯加州參加競選,同樣與一群備受困擾的學生們進行了交談。
  Those were troubled times, too. The U.S. was at war in Vietnam. There was violent unrest in America’s cities. And the country was still reeling from the assassination12 of Dr. Martin Luther King a month earlier.
  這是非常困難的時期,當時美國在越南處于戰爭狀態,在美國國內的城市里也爆發了暴力和騷亂。一個月之前,馬丁.路德金(Martin Luther King)博士被害,這個國家蹣跚前行。
  Kennedy gave the students a call to action. When you look across this country, and when you see peoples’ lives held back by discrimination and poverty… when you see injustice13 and inequality. He said, you should be the last people to accept things as they are.
  Let Kennedy’s words echo here today.
  “You should be the last people to accept [it].”Whatever path you’ve chosen…Be it medicine, business, engineering, the humanities—whatever drives your passion.
  Be the last to accept the notion that the world you inherit cannot be improved.
  Be the last to accept the excuse that says, “that’s just how things are done here.” Duke graduates, you should be the last people to accept it. And you should be the first to change it.
  你們要做最后接受“完成工作必須要這樣”的借口 的那個人。杜克大學的畢業生們,除了最后一個放棄努力之外,還應該是第一個改變它的人。
  The world-class education you’ve received—that you’ve worked so hard for—gives you opportunities that few people have.
  You are uniquely qualified14, and therefore uniquely responsible, to build a better way forward. That won’t be easy. It will require great courage.
  你們有這樣的資格,因此也要承擔這樣的責任,來更好的努力 。這并不容易,還需要很大的勇氣。
  But that courage will not only help you live your life to the fullest—it will empower you to transform the lives of others.
  Last month I was in Birmingham to mark the fiftieth anniversary of Dr. King’s assassination. And I had the incredible privilege of spending time with women and men who marched and worked alongside him.
  Many of them were younger at the time than you are now. They told me that when they defied their parents and joined the sit-ins and boycotts15, when they faced the police dogs and firehoses, they were risking everything they had—becoming foot soldiers for justice without a second thought.
  Because they knew that change had to come.
  Because they believed so deeply in the cause of justice.
  Because they knew, even with all the adversity they had faced, they had the chance to build something better for the next generation.
  We can all learn from their example. If you hope to change the world, you must find your fearlessness.
  Now, if you’re anything like I was on graduation day, maybe you’re not feeling so fearless.
  Maybe you’re thinking about the job you hope to get, or wondering where you’re going to live, or how to repay that student loan. These, I know, are real concerns. I had them, too. But don’t let those worries stop you from making a difference.
  Fearlessness means taking the first step, even if you don’t know where it will take you. It means being driven by a higher purpose, rather than by applause. It means knowing that you reveal your character when you stand apart, more than when you stand with the crowd.
  If you step up, without fear of failure… if you talk and listen to each other, without fear of rejection… if you act with decency16 and kindness, even when no one is looking, even if it seems small or inconsequential, trust me, the rest will fall into place.
  More importantly, you’ll be able to tackle the big things when they come your way. It’s in those truly trying moments that the fearless inspire us.
  Fearless like the students of Parkland, Florida—who refuse to be silent about the epidemic17 of gun violence, and have rallied millions to their cause.
  Fearless like the women who say “me, too” and “time’s up”… women who cast light into dark places, and move us toward a more just and equal future.
  Fearless like those who fight for the rights of immigrants… who understand that our only hopeful future is one that embraces all who want to contribute.
  Duke graduates, be fearless.
  Be the last people to accept things as they are, and the first people to stand up and change them for the better.
  In 1964, Martin Luther King, Jr. gave a speech at Page Auditorium18 to an overflow19 crowd. Students who couldn’t get a seat listened from outside on the lawn. Dr. King warned them that someday we would all have to atone20, not only for the words and actions of the bad people, but for “the appalling21 silence and indifference22 of the good people, who sit around and say, ‘Wait on time.’”
  Martin Luther King stood right here at Duke, and said: “The time is always right to do right.” For you, graduates, that time is now.
  It will always be now. It’s time to add your brick to the path of progress.
  It’s time for all of us to move forward.
  And it’s time for you to lead the way.
  Thank you—and congratulations, Class of 2018!


1 survivors 02ddbdca4c6dba0b46d9d823ed2b4b62     
幸存者,殘存者,生還者( survivor的名詞復數 )
  • The survivors were adrift in a lifeboat for six days. 幸存者在救生艇上漂流了六天。
  • survivors clinging to a raft 緊緊抓住救生筏的幸存者
2 spoke XryyC     
n.(車輪的)輻條;輪輻;破壞某人的計劃;阻撓某人的行動 v.講,談(speak的過去式);說;演說;從某種觀點來說
  • They sourced the spoke nuts from our company.他們的輪輻螺帽是從我們公司獲得的。
  • The spokes of a wheel are the bars that connect the outer ring to the centre.輻條是輪子上連接外圈與中心的條棒。
3 destined Dunznz     
  • It was destined that they would marry.他們結婚是緣分。
  • The shipment is destined for America.這批貨物將運往美國。
4 faculty HhkzK     
  • He has a great faculty for learning foreign languages.他有學習外語的天賦。
  • He has the faculty of saying the right thing at the right time.他有在恰當的時候說恰當的話的才智。
5 recipients 972af69bf73f8ad23a446a346a6f0fff     
  • The recipients of the prizes had their names printed in the paper. 獲獎者的姓名登在報上。 來自《簡明英漢詞典》
  • The recipients of prizes had their names printed in the paper. 獲獎者名單登在報上。 來自《現代英漢綜合大詞典》
6 baton 5Quyw     
  • With the baton the conductor was beating time.樂隊指揮用指揮棒打拍子。
  • The conductor waved his baton,and the band started up.指揮揮動指揮棒,樂隊開始演奏起來。
7 devastating muOzlG     
  • It is the most devastating storm in 20 years.這是20年來破壞性最大的風暴。
  • Affairs do have a devastating effect on marriages.婚外情確實會對婚姻造成毀滅性的影響。
8 aspire ANbz2     
  • Living together with you is what I aspire toward in my life.和你一起生活是我一生最大的愿望。
  • I aspire to be an innovator not a follower.我迫切希望能變成個開創者而不是跟隨者。
9 lasting IpCz02     
  • The lasting war debased the value of the dollar.持久的戰爭使美元貶值。
  • We hope for a lasting settlement of all these troubles.我們希望這些糾紛能獲得永久的解決。
10 mentor s78z0     
  • He fed on the great ideas of his mentor.他以他導師的偉大思想為支撐。
  • He had mentored scores of younger doctors.他指導過許多更年輕的醫生。
11 inevitable 5xcyq     
  • Mary was wearing her inevitable large hat.瑪麗戴著她總是戴的那頂大帽子。
  • The defeat had inevitable consequences for British policy.戰敗對英國政策不可避免地產生了影響。
12 assassination BObyy     
  • The assassination of the president brought matters to a head.總統遭暗殺使事態到了嚴重關頭。
  • Lincoln's assassination in 1865 shocked the whole nation.1865年,林肯遇刺事件震驚全美國。
13 injustice O45yL     
  • They complained of injustice in the way they had been treated.他們抱怨受到不公平的對待。
  • All his life he has been struggling against injustice.他一生都在與不公正現象作斗爭。
14 qualified DCPyj     
  • He is qualified as a complete man of letters.他有資格當真正的文學家。
  • We must note that we still lack qualified specialists.我們必須看到我們還缺乏有資質的專家。
15 boycotts 01a41a22ef4afb3e397c7f6affec9eb0     
(對某事物的)抵制( boycott的名詞復數 )
  • Their methods included boycotts and court action, supplemented by'sit-ins". 他們的主要方法包括聯合抵制、法庭起訴,還附帶進行靜坐抗議。
  • Are boycotts for other purposes illegal? 至于用于其它目的的聯合抵制行動是否也是非法的呢?
16 decency Jxzxs     
  • His sense of decency and fair play made him refuse the offer.他的正直感和公平競爭意識使他拒絕了這一提議。
  • Your behaviour is an affront to public decency.你的行為有傷風化。
17 epidemic 5iTzz     
  • That kind of epidemic disease has long been stamped out.那種傳染病早已絕跡。
  • The authorities tried to localise the epidemic.當局試圖把流行病限制在局部范圍。
18 auditorium HO6yK     
  • The teacher gathered all the pupils in the auditorium.老師把全體同學集合在禮堂內。
  • The stage is thrust forward into the auditorium.舞臺向前突出,伸入觀眾席。
19 overflow fJOxZ     
  • The overflow from the bath ran on to the floor.浴缸里的水溢到了地板上。
  • After a long period of rain,the river may overflow its banks.長時間的下雨天后,河水可能溢出岸來。
20 atone EeKyT     
  • He promised to atone for his crime.他承諾要贖自己的罪。
  • Blood must atone for blood.血債要用血來還。
21 appalling iNwz9     
  • The search was hampered by appalling weather conditions.惡劣的天氣妨礙了搜尋工作。
  • Nothing can extenuate such appalling behaviour.這種駭人聽聞的行徑罪無可恕。
22 indifference k8DxO     
  • I was disappointed by his indifference more than somewhat.他的漠不關心使我很失望。
  • He feigned indifference to criticism of his work.他假裝毫不在意別人批評他的作品。
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