自認優越嘅上一代 德國篇

近年主打寫科學普及,已經甚少寫時事。有啲上一代鍾意以科技盲為榮,成日批判年輕一代、批評新科技。但唔好以為只係得香港先有呢種自認優越嘅上一代。

我住慕尼黑,通常日頭做完研究夜晚就出去做運動。尋晚攀完石十一點幾,坐地鐵返屋企,順手拎部電話 po 攀石相上 Instagram 同 Facebook 呃吓 like ,是常識吧。突然坐我對面個德國人伸個頭埋嚟睇我部電話個螢幕。

咁我梗係睥住佢啦,大佬你識唔識規矩?知唔知咩叫私隱?何況我識你老鼠呀?

之後佢開始用德文同我講嘢。雖然我有學過德文,但大佬攀完石已經攰㗎啦,仲要我腦部運作做翻譯?咪搞,即刻講句 “Entschuldigen, ich kann nur ein bisschen Deutsch sprechen.” 即係「Sor9ry,我只識講少少德文。」咁解。希望佢知難而退咪 L 阻住我呃 like。(好多德國人英文都差過香港人好多)

點知條友唔放棄,用英文講 “Sorry, but I see you are always looking at your phone. I know it is interesting but I think you should not look at it every moment.” 我真係火都嚟,我坐地鐵上網呃 like 你識條鐵咩。

我就話:”It’s like people looking at newspapers 50 years ago.”

諗住佢會 feel 到我唔 gur,自動收皮啦。點知佢繼續講:”But it is a different thing 50 years ago with newspapers you realize the world around you. With this thing you don’t.”

真係火都嚟。係要逼我發火。我上調聲浪問佢:”How do you know I don’t realize the world around me?”

佢呆咗。睇怕佢冇諗過會有人反問佢,叫佢 justify 佢個斷言。我再講:”Maybe in 50 years they will say the phone is a different thing.”

佢死雞撐飯蓋:”In 50 years people won’t talk anymore.”

我:”Yes they will talk telepathically.”

科幻作家亞瑟.克拉克 (Arthur C. Clarke,《2001太空漫遊》作者) 同天文學家卡爾.薩根 (Carl Sagan,《超時空接觸》作者) 都講過類似說話:「任何足夠先進的文明都與魔術無法分辨。」

人類科學發展係以指數上升,呢種人跟唔上科技進步,就用「你唔同人溝通」呢種斷言去攻擊用新科技嘅新一代。面對呢種人,最好方法就係叫佢 justify 佢個斷言,就可以輕鬆 KO。因為佢 justify 唔到。

其實唔明白新科技、唔使用新科技係完全冇問題,個人選擇。只不過唔好因為接受唔到科技發展速度之快,就將新科技視為壞事、標籤其他人。

好彩之後佢要落車,唔係我真係要同佢玩落去,浪費時間。我頭也不回,有禮拜咁拋低一句 “Servus.” (拜仁人用嘅問候語),然後回復我廢青網民現實失敗者嘅身分,上網打呢篇文做網絡判官。完!

By David Yu

David Yu is the father of Simba and an Astrophysicist. He obtained his PhD in Astrophysics from the Max Planck Institute of Extraterrestrial Physics, Germany. He was formerly a postdoc at the KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Sweden, and is currently a lecturer at the University of Hong Kong. He served as the host of the RTHK TV31 programme Science Night, the Depute Editor-in-Chief of the Taiwanese Science Magazine Physics Bimonthly, and the Science Consultant of Stand News. The books he authored include Dr David’s 21 Mysteries of The Universe (2021), Space – A Down-to-Earth Astrophysicist (2021), Time – A Spacetime Journey of Astronomy and Physics (2019), and Secrets from the Stars (2017).

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