№266 по английскому языку за 11 класс Н.В. Юхнель, Е.Г. Наумова, Н.В. Демченко
авторы: Н.В. Юхнель, Е.Г. Наумова, Н.В. Демченко
Учебник по английскому языку 11 класс Н.В. Юхнель. Страница 266
"I'm ready," Morran said.
"Very well. Answerer," Lingman said, in his thin little voice, "What is life?"
A voice spoke in their heads. "The question has no meaning. By 'life,' the Questioner is referring to a partial phenomenon, inexplicable except in terms of its whole."
"Is the universe expanding?" Morran asked confidently.
"'Expansion' is a term unsuitable for the situation. Universe, as the Questioner views it, is an illusory thing."
"Can you tell us anything?" Morran asked.
"I can answer any valid question concerning the nature of things."
The two men looked at each other.
"I think I know what he means," Lingman said sadly. "Our basic ideas are wrong. All of them."
"They can't be," Morran said. "But life - he certainly could answer what life is?"
"Look at it this way," Lingman said. "Savages, that's what we are. Imagine a bushman walking up to a physicist and asking him why he can't shoot his arrow into the sun. The scientist can explain it only in his own terms. What would happen?"
"The scientist wouldn't even try to answer."
"It's maddening," Morran said, after a while. "This thing has the answer to the whole universe, and he can't tell us unless we ask the right question. But how are we supposed to know the right question?"
"We're bushmen. But the gap is much greater here. Worm and super-man, perhaps. The worm desires to know the nature of dirt, and why there's so much of it. Oh, well."
"Shall we go, sir?" Morran asked. "Sir! Sir!"
Alone on his planet, which is neither large nor small, but exactly the right size, Answerer waits. He cannot help the people who come to him, for even Answerer has restrictions.
He can answer only valid questions.