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The Best Investment 「盲目的投資不盲目

 

This photo was taken when I worked as an intern at a company in Beijing during a summer vocation when I was a graduate student. See the old-fashioned computer in early 1990''''''''s? I learned how to type Chinese character with a professional input method while working there. With this method, I can type super fast.

這張照片是上研究生時利用假期在一家公司打工時照的。我趁著給公司打可行性報告的機會,咬著牙學會了五筆輸入法。剛開始很痛苦,因爲完全不知道應該怎樣打,但我堅持著就是不用拼音打,一個字一個字地琢磨用五筆應該怎麼打,這樣,在用蝸牛般的速度打完一份幾十頁的可行性報告後,我終於基本掌握了五筆輸入的方法。

And prior to that, I had taken an English typewriting course, in which I learned how to type English properly and quickly on a real typewriter like a typist in the old days. I remember the minimum requirement was to be able to hit the keys for 250 times, or to type 60 words per minutes, without looking at the keyboard, or your finished job, or the screen. I did graduate with such a speed.

要那之前,我還去參加過一個英文打字學習班,是在真正的老式打字機上學正確的指法。當時的「畢業」要求好像是每分鐘能擊鍵250次,或正確輸入60個英文單詞,而且不能看鍵盤、屏幕或你打出來的稿,只能看你要打的原稿,也就是要做到能「盲打」。我順利地達到了這些要求並「畢了業」。

At that time I didn''''''''t know why I had decided to learn such a skill. When I was in university, I "blindly" took many courses in many different areas and learned many different things.

其實我從來沒想過今後要當打字員,當時不知爲何會去參加這個學習班。大學時代好像精力過剩,什麼都想學,非常「盲目」。

But years later, when I ended up being imprisoned in a labour camp and subjected to all kinds of torture for practicing Falun Gong, and after I decided to write a book to expose the unprecedented persecution(please refer to my article From A Prisoner To A Writer ), the ability to type very fast in both English and Chinese became very important.  For me, the time spent on learning how to type both English and Chinese in a professional way is perhaps one of the best "investments" I have ever made. It is hard to estimate how much time I have saved in all these years, because I have been writing a lot on computers ever since I started writing my book Witnessing History: one woman''''''''s fight for freedom and Falun Gong in 2001.

但是,數年以後,當我因修煉法輪功被關在勞教所,親歷並目睹了中共對法輪功慘絕人寰的迫害,決意要寫書揭露這驚天黑幕後(請參看拙文《從囚徒到作家——兼談作家的社會責任),能飛快地打字,變成了我最重要的技能之一。

或言之,當初學習正確的指法和五筆輸入,是我最好的「投資」之一。所以冥冥之中的「盲目」的,其實並不「盲目」,應該是什麼力量在管著我呢!自從2001年開始寫作我的自傳《靜水流深》以來,這些年我一直在寫東西,所以打字速度快,不知給我省了多少時間。真的很值!



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