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「為什麼來到讀書組?」

「為什麼來到讀書組?」這個問題,每位組員我都問過一次。

某程度上,這是一個十分私密的問題。在香港喜歡政治哲學,不是一件常見的事。而問題的答案,多半牽涉到一些不太快樂的背景。

我的故事大約在八九歲的時候開始。一個冬天的晚上,媽媽帶我去了銅鑼灣的商務印書館。在一個書架的後排,我發現了幾本紐先鐘翻譯,討論戰爭理論的書籍,如克勞塞維茲的《戰爭論》,富勒的《西洋世界軍事史》等。從此我便對有關戰爭,歷史,政治的書籍愛不釋手。

對閱讀的喜愛,對於一般香港學生來說是件苦樂參半的事。一方面,這類學生多數能夠享受相當大的自由——很少親人,老師會公開說讀書是壞事。另一方面,更加很少人理解為興趣而閱讀的樂趣。

十七歲時我到了英國升學。那是我成長的開始。在學院,我第一次遇到喜歡閱讀的同學,第一次討論我在書本見過的想法,第一次因為討論而再改變自己的哲學立場。

在英國同學身邊,我常常辯護內地,香港學生。在中學,我認識兩位間中思考抽象問題的香港朋友 。每次和學院同學提起,我都會說:內地,香港是有文化的,不是每年輕人都只重金錢,只重事業的。

當時我已經隱約覺得,這不是事實的全部。回港生活兩年之後,更加親身感受到專業人士,大學學生對閲讀的冷感。

對我來說,讀書組是回憶的橋樑。每次見到書友,也有說不完的話題。 昨天晚上有:莎士比亞的亨利五世,亨利六世 (三部曲),理查三世;哥德浮士德與但丁神曲的比較,Harold Bloom和Allan Bloom;Carl Schmitt的神學能否回應Hebert McCabe對天主教的精確定義。

據我所知,讀書組幾乎所有組員,都是在讀書組才認識的。在此以前,生活上並無交集。

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