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We will be judged by our capacity for compassion

英國政府早前宣佈一系列防疫措施和應對疫情的經濟舒困方案,當中剛上任不久的財首Rishi Sunak在宣佈完畢後說了以下一段話:

Now, more than any time in our recent history, we will be judged by our capacity for compassion. Our ability to come through this, won’t just be down to what government or business can do, but by the individual acts of kindness we show one another. The small business who does everything they can not to lay off their staff. The student who does a shop for their elderly neighbour. The retired nurse who volunteers to cover some shifts in their local hospital.
When this is over – and it will be over – we want to look back on this moment and remember the many small acts of kindness done by us and to us. We want to look back on this time and remember how we thought first of others and acted with decency. We want to look back on this time and remember how, in the face of a generation-defining moment, we undertook a collective national effort – and we stood together. It’s on all of us. *



* Sunak的演說可參考以下這段由The Guardian錄製的短片,上文一段約在25:36開始。